School lockers are often underestimated, but they can play a role in school safety far beyond just storing items securely. The first thing that springs to mind when thinking about school lockers is storage, but they have also played an important role during the COVID-19 pandemic for hygiene purposes.
On top of that, lockers provide security for valuable items, maintain privacy, lighten the load on student’s shoulders, and reduce distractions.
Strong focus on hygiene in 2020
One simple way to promote good hygiene in the school environment is by reducing the number of items that enter the classroom from outside environments. Even after we move on from the pandemic, responsible hygiene practices will remain a key focus for schools and the wider community.
High-value items need to be kept secure
And it goes beyond mobile phones. Students are carrying tablets, laptops, sports equipment, musical instruments, and other valuable personal items. And it’s more important than ever when it comes to keeping cases of theft and damage to a minimum.
“Lockers provide security for valuable items, maintain privacy, lighten the load on student’s shoulders, and reduce distractions.”
Ultimately, investing in student lockers helps to prevent the unfortunate and often stressful situations that occur when expensive items go missing. So it’s well worth making the upfront investment in return for happier students, teachers, and parents.
Privacy is important to young people
Privacy is something that students also value. The concept of privacy teaches students about mutual respect, defines value in their belongings, and builds trust by giving them access to a space that’s theirs alone.
At Premier Lockers we know that lockers plays an essential role in guaranteeing privacy by creating a place in schools where students can house their personal belongings, rather than having them out in the open.
Lighten the load
The provision of lockers also contributes to the musculoskeletal health of students. Numerous studies have documented the effects of spinal, shoulder, and neck pain, and the effect on their gait from lugging around heavy bags.
For students carrying particularly heavy loads including textbooks and electronic devices, on top of their everyday possessions, the strain of this collective weight can contribute to back pain and discomfort. Lightening the load with school lockers from Premier Lockers allows students to focus on their studies without the distraction of physical discomfort or pain.
Take away those distractions
“School lockers need to be tougher than lockers used in other environments.”
Where lockers are not provided, students effectively have no choice but to take them with them into the classroom, ultimately leading to distractions.
What to look for in a school locker
At Premier Lockers, we work with schools throughout New Zealand to supply their school locker needs. School lockers need to be tougher than lockers used in other environments. Consider what sort of items your students will need to store, or whether they will be indoors or outdoors.
You might have to consider a range of sizes depending on the equipment that might require storage and of course the cost of the school lockers is important. But don’t focus solely on the price. The lockers need to be sturdy to handle the years of wear and tear that will be placed upon them.
At Premier Lockers we have the widest range of school lockers in New Zealand, made from plastic or metal and featuring different locking systems. Our school lockers come in a variety of sizes, and we even have lockers that incorporate mobile phone charging stations.
Premier Lockers offers lockers for every category and in a variety of finishes and we have supplied lockers to some of New Zealand’s largest companies. View our school lockers and student lockers now, or call us on 0800 146 199 to speak with our team about how we can help you.