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Nurses and students in public schools, by school level and community type: 1999–2000, 2003–04, and 2007–08

School level and community type 1999–2000 2003–04 2007–08  
All schools Schools with at least one nurse1 All schools Schools with at least one nurse1 All schools Schools with at least one nurse1
 
FTE nurse to school ratio Student to FTE nurse ratio FTE nurse to school ratio Student to FTE nurse ratio FTE nurse to school ratio Student to FTE nurse ratio
             
All public schools    0.63   710   0.69   670   0.71   640  
                           
Community type                           
City        0.74   740   0.74   700  
Suburban        0.78   740   0.79   690  
Town        0.63   620   0.66   600  
Rural        0.58   530   0.63   540  
                           
School level                           
                           
All public elementary schools    0.62   660   0.69   610   0.71   570  
                           
Community type                           
City        0.73   670   0.72   630  
Suburban        0.75   640   0.78   610  
Town        0.65   560   0.68   550  
Rural        0.60   500   0.65   480  
                           
All public secondary schools    0.65   930   0.70   930   0.72   900  
                           
Community type                           
City        0.78   1,120   0.74   1,070  
Suburban        0.87   1,100   0.84   1,050  
Town        0.61   830   0.66   740  
Rural        0.57   600   0.65   720  
                           
All public combined schools    0.67   290   0.58   400   0.62   310  
                           
Community type                           
City        0.67   330   0.94   200 !
Suburban        0.76   250   0.83   150  
Town        0.58   290   0.45   330  
Rural        0.51   500   0.50   460  
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Includes both part-time and full-time nurses.
NOTE: FTE is full-time equivalent. The number of FTE nurses is calculated by adding the number of full-time nurses to half the number of part-time nurses. Public schools include traditional and charter schools. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School and Public Charter School Surveys," 1999–2000 and "Public School Data File," 2003–04, and "Public School Data File," 2007–08.


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