We have a few new public school projects going on and one of the "new" things they are proposing are "quiet rooms". These rooms are used to "detain" unruly students prone to significant prolonged outbursts. Often these kids have some sort of mental or social challenge, so traditional disciplinary actions are not effective. What is proposed is a small room (limits and detail required by Dept. of Ed) with a door with a lock controlled from the outside by direct physical contact of a certified staff member. The latch/lock mechanism would require direct contact to remain locked and will release as soon as the staff member steps away or otherwise lets the lock release.
At issue is the Life Safety Code prohibition of locking doors against egress. Even though the door defaults to egress, the fact that there is a mechanism that could be manipulated appears to give some reason for concern.
Has anyone else worked on these "quiet" or seclusion" spaces and worked out a system that met the needs for both egress and the schools need?