In light of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school Friday, what kind of emergency plans are in place at schools in the valley? We spoke with Phoenix Union High School District today.
Like many districts, there is an emergency response plan in place, covering everything from extreme weather like storms and floods, to terrorists, intruders, and what the district calls "active shooters."
Outside Central High School in Phoenix, they're bringing the flag down to half-staff in remembrance of the Connecticut school shooting.
It's something they've had to do with depressing regularity.
The district keeps a list of school shootings around the country. There have been a lot of them since Columbine.
At Phoenix Union, there's a heavy emphasis on security.
"We are very strict not just here at our schools but across the state, about visitors checking in at administration, we have 8 to 10 security personnel on every campus. We also have a school resource officer who is armed," says Craig Pletenik, Phoenix Union H.S. District.
Phoenix Union does security training organized by the Arizona Department of Emergency Management and FEMA, along with drills twice a year.
Teaching everyone on campus what to do if there's a shooter.
"Something like an active gunman, you have to reduce the targets. Get everyone into buildings and into safe places, and get them locked in there until they know what is going on."
But even with the best security possible, the district acknowledges what happened in Connecticut could happen here.