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Table 25.  Percentage of public schools reporting use of specified school practices: School year 2003–04


School practice  Yes
Require visitors to sign or check in  98
Control access to school buildings during school hours1  83
Control access to school grounds during school hours2  36
Require students to pass through metal detectors each day  1
Require visitors to pass through metal detectors  1
Perform one or more random metal detector checks on students  6
Close the campus for most students during lunch  66
Use one or more random dog sniffs to check for drugs  21
Perform one or more random sweeps for contraband, but not including dog sniffs3  13
Require drug testing for any students  5
Require drug testing for athletes  4
Require drug testing for students in extracurricular activities other than athletics  3
Require students to wear uniforms  14
Enforce a strict dress code  55
Provide school lockers to students  50
Require clear book bags or ban book bags on school grounds  6
Require students to wear badges or picture IDs  6
Require faculty and staff to wear badges or picture IDs  48
Use one or more security cameras to monitor the school  36
Provide telephones in most classrooms  61
Provide two-way radios to any staff  71
Prohibit all tobacco use on school grounds  89
1 Examples of controlled access to school buildings provided to respondents were locked or monitored doors.
2 Examples of controlled access to school grounds provided to respondents were locked or monitored gates.
3 Examples of contraband provided to respondents were drugs or weapons.
NOTE: Reponses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2004.


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