I do NOT want this thread to devolve into a political debate over gun control/mental health care/how to stop school shootings. I do want to know what your school leadership has taught you is the currently accepted "best practice" in the event of an active shooter on campus. We have two Code Red drills coming up on my site, and our admin has given us little to no practical advice on what is best to do if this were to actually happen. I know to get as many kids indoors as fast as possible, lock the door, lower the blinds, and wait for the "all clear." But there are so many variables and we haven't gotten any good answers to these kinds of questions. For example... How long do you wait before locking the door? What do you do if a panicked kid is knocking at the door after you've locked it? Do you make them take off backpacks? Coats? Is it worth taking the time to make them take anything off that could potentially contain a weapon? Do desks and tables stop bullets? What about textbooks? Should we be doing "duck and cover" like for an earthquake? Or is it more important just to be hidden somehow? What about rooms with a connecting door that can't be locked? Or full-length windows? I have both of these in my room. What can we actually do to best protect our kids if it comes to that?