RECEPTION AREA ANTI JUMP SECURITY SCREENS FOR SCHOOLS DESIGNED IN AUSTRALIA
Australian schools have absorbed the brunt of trying to stay open and manage thousands of students while the rest of the Country has gone through various stages of lockdown. An anti jump screen for public schools has been one of the solutions some locations have used to keep their teachers and staff safe from stressed parents.
The ABC recently reported (source) there was an increasing number of teachers receiving verbal abuse at school. The issue spills into other areas like the lack of resources and the Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) called for vulnerable teachers to be given permission to work from home. This union has 75,000 members nationwide and they battled for a number of measures to try and support the Prime Minister’s determination for schools to be open.
In another report it has been found that 4 in 10 Australian school principals have been subjected to violence at work in the past year and some are so stressed and exhausted they triggered self-harm alerts in a national wellbeing survey (source). The wellbeing surveyed over 2,200 school leaders and was conducted by Australian Catholic University [ACU] and Deakin University where they found over 40 per cent of Australian principals were threatened with violence and 38 per cent were subjected to physical violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite home learning.
In South Australia government schools will have an opportunity to share in $200,000 in funding to reduce bullying in schools (source). It is a new initiative to provide grants to improve and promote protective physical environments in schools that reduce bullying. It arrives in time to mark the 11th year of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA), with a record 500 South Australian public, catholic and independent schools registered to take part. Schools will be provided with a range of ideas to help transform school grounds to protective physical environments including things like;
The grants were approved after successful trials last year that showed a reduction in bullying activities. Installing anti jump safety screens in canteen locations, reception areas or other admin areas that are public facing can also help to protect staff to compliment the other measures being installed. Genesis Anti Jump Barriers has seen lots of public school sites where all of the key public facing areas are completely open and offering no protection for staff or teachers.
RECEPTION AREA ANTI JUMP SECURITY SCREEN INSTALLATIONS FOR SCHOOLS
Marie from Yennora Public School in NSW contacted Genesis Anti Jump Barriers about getting installation of new anti jump barrier safety screens for the reception area of their school. After taking all the necessary measurements of the space is available we determined that the countertop area was too narrow to install the screen system so we also organised to install a new counter top made out of tough wearing satin white laminex.
This created the added benefit of more space for people to place their paperwork or wallet when visiting the reception area. Below are some of the design elements we considered.
We made sure the countertop area was deep enough to be a base for our safety screens while also improving the practicality of the space so that paperwork or other items could be handed over easily.
Our safety screens come in a wide of variety of designs and for this installation they included small slats to enable verbal communications without the need for a microphone and speaker system being installed. The gaps are narrow enough for sound to travel while still offering maximum protection for staff.
Our team makes sure that each element of our safety screen installation can compliment the existing interior design elements so that it fits seamlessly into the space.
On the inside of our safety screens we can include roller shutters that can be pulled down when required to close off the space for privacy or after hours closures.
“Just confirming our telephone conversation regarding our front office security screens.
Letting you know that the screens are such a great addition to our reception area. They have lifted
the look of the office making it look new and modern. Also the screens add the protection we may need.
Your boys did a great job. They were professional and polite and finished the job by cleaning the area.”
YENNORA STATE PUBLIC SCHOOL
BEWARE OF CHEAP MATERIALS LIKE PLASTIC OR ACRYLIC, WE ONLY USE BALLISTIC RATED POLYCARBONATE
250 times tougher than glass & virtually unbreakable
Our bullet resistant barriers are made out of ballistic rated polycarbonate which incredibly stronger than plastic or glass. Polycarbonate is more resilient compared to the cheaper acrylic materials sometimes used, thus making it ideal for demanding applications like bullet-resistant barriers. After many years of experience making safety barriers we chose to only produce them from high impact polycarbonate substrate which is up to 250 times tougher than glass and virtually unbreakable. Polycarbonate will not shatter and can withstand high velocity impacts from objects or people. Apart from being a much stronger material, polycarbonate is actually lighter than glass which makes it easier to be used for anti jump barrier applications from design to installation.
Beware of using plastics
Although beware – while acrylic and polycarbonate are two of the most popular clear plastics they have very different benefits. Acrylic may look ‘shinier’ & might be cheaper to buy but it can crack or shatter under impact as it is a more rigid material. Even more important to consider when getting quotes is the fact that acrylic is only about 10 times stronger than glass thus nowhere near as strong as polycarbonate. Another factor many people don’t consider is polycarbonate is highly resistant to chemicals such as petrol or acids which adds to its ability to provide protection from things other than objects.