After Sandy Hook, I started keeping the door locked at all times. This is a daily pain in the neck, but I have stuck to it. Nobody opens the door unless they know and can fully see the person. It takes a little training, but usually one kid peeks through the blinds, and the other stands by the door for the all clear before opening it.
I have planned out to the detail what I would do if an armed crazy person got into our classroom, and have had discussions like this with my kids every year since Columbine...
Me: If a crazy person comes in the door, I am going to tell you to duck and cover...cover your ears.
Students: Why do we duck and cover our ears?
Me: Because while I am running over the top of the desks and throwing everything I can at the crazy person, I will most likely be cussing. I don't want you to hear your teacher cuss.
Students: (giggling, then they realize that I am serious) We can help you!
Me: I can handle it. I took four years of kickboxing, my brother has imparted some of his "special skills" to me, and I will have crazy teacher strength that God gives teachers when they need to protect their students. I won't need your help until he is down on the ground and I am beating him senseless. Then I will need you to bring me the extension cord.
Me: TO TIE HIM UP???? After he is tied up, then we drag him away from the door, push all the desks up against him, and exit the room in an orderly fashion.
Students: Can we do that?
Me: If a crazy person comes in this room, I will do anything I have to do to protect you.
In addition to that little inspirational talk, I demand that they take all drills seriously. The holy wrath of God will rain down upon them if they talk during a drill. If they don't walk out in a straight line, I make them do it again, and again during the 8th grader lunch. Every kid in the school knows that I am all business during drills.
That being said, we have never had an extended lockdown. We have had drive by shootings, helicopters overhead, but those have happened after school. Still it worries me, so I am putting together a Lockdown Kit.
So far, this is what I have on my list.
1. An emergency toilet, something like this one from LifeSecure
2. Extra small garbage bags
3. Hand santizer (have it)
4. Baby wipes
5. 36 small bottles of water
6. Fruit snacks (I almost always have a supply of granola bars and fruit snacks for the kids)
7. First aid kit with gloves (have it)
8. And this beauty from Fighting Chance Solutions
It secures the door from the inside! We can lock our doors from the inside, but some teachers cannot. As Lauren from Life In Middle School shared on Facebook, "Just in case, some crazy person gets a hold of one of the master keys, I want this extra bit of security."
I want to be able to store all the smaller items in the bucket under my desk (I never actually sit at it), with the water and snacks in the big closet.
What am I missing? Please let me know if you can of anything that I have missed. And please share what your school is doing to keep our kids safe! We need to share ideas!