I have seen numerous news sources claim that for over half an hour LEOs were on site of the shooting but doing nothing.

From NPR:

Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told reporters that 40 minutes to an hour elapsed from when Ramos opened fire on the school security officer to when the tactical team shot him

Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in.

From CBS, emphasis mine:

A specialized tactical unit made of local, state and federal law enforcement officers were eventually able to enter

Is it true that LEOs were on site, but were not doing/not able to do anything to help?

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    @GOATNine perhaps I should have included the questioning of the claim, but many people have been saying that there were evacuations, that the police were specifically getting their children, and that parents were needing to be held back from having a “fine I’ll do it myself” moment. All that is doing something
    – Topcode
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 15:58
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    @GOATNine I’ve edited it to hopefully take your suggestion into account. To anyone else, feel free to revert or edit it if you feel the original or something else is better
    – Topcode
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 17:31
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    I'm not sure I understand the edit. You seem to have turned it from a claim (potentially on-topic) into a straight question about motivation of the officers and have assumed the claim is true (off-topic). Could you clarify what the claim to be challenged is? Commented May 27, 2022 at 1:11
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    Sure, but it's not my question, I'm just curating and pointing out the difficulty. It has to be said, @GOATNine is giving you advice that's clearly not helpful as it points you towards asking an off-topic question; "why". Commented May 27, 2022 at 1:58
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    @GOATNine Your first comment is incorrect. Police did not chase Ramos while he was in his vehicle. This is a fog of war situation, which is why the question was closed. We're only starting to learn of the competence (or lack thereof) of the police during this mass murder. Commented May 28, 2022 at 10:58

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It's true that the officers were on site. At least 3 LEO's engaged with (but did not necessarily exchange gunfire with) the active shooter at the school. CNN's official timeline places them at the school and in contact (read: shot at by) approximately 4 minutes after the shooter entered the building through an unlocked door. The shooter was killed more than 30 minutes later by border patrol agents. During the intervening time, parents were prevented from entering the building by the LEOs (presumably for their own protection, though such speculation is off topic in lieu of actual policy or procedures of the LEA).

There is an additional rumor that LEOs rescued their own children, and left the others to die, but there has been no proof or disproof of that to date.

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