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Table 34.  Number and percentage of public schools reporting the absence of security staff at school at least once a week, by type of security staff and selected school characteristics: School year 200708
 
Total number of schools   No security guards or security personnel1   No school resource officers1   No sworn law enforcement officers1   School does not have any security staff present at least once a week2,3  
School characteristic   Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
  Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
  Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
  Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
 
All public schools  83,000   63,700   77   53,600   65   74,900   90   44,600   54  
                                     
Level4                                     
Primary  49,200   41,500   84   37,500   76   45,800   93   32,900   67  
Middle  15,300   10,800   71   6,900   45   13,500   89   5,300   34  
High school  11,900   6,000   50   4,400   37   9,300   78   2,400   20  
Combined  6,600   5,400   82   4,700   71   6,200   94   4,000   60  
                                     
Enrollment size                                     
Less than 300  19,200   17,100   89   16,000   84   17,500   91   13,900   72  
300–499  24,300   20,500   84   17,900   73   22,700   94   15,500   64  
500–999  30,200   23,100   76   17,300   57   27,300   90   14,300   47  
1,000 or more  9,300   3,100   34   2,400   26   7,300   79   900   9  
                                     
Urbanicity                                     
City  21,300   12,800   60   12,600   59   18,500   87   9,100   43  
Suburb  23,900   18,100   76   15,600   65   21,600   90   13,100   55  
Town  11,800   10,000   85   6,700   57   10,800   92   5,800   49  
Rural  26,000   22,800   88   18,600   72   24,000   92   16,700   64  
1 Estimates presented here include both schools that responded "zero" to the number of specified security staff present at their school at least once a week and schools that were not offered the questionnaire item because they reported that their school did not have any security staff present at school at least once a week. Respondents were asked to record both the number of full-time and part-time security staff.
2 Estimates presented here include only schools that were not offered the questionnaire items because they reported that their school did not have any security staff present at school at least once a week.
3 Security staff includes security guards, security personnel, or sworn law enforcement officers.
4 Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. High schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 12. Combined schools include all other combinations of grades, including K–12 schools.
NOTE: "At school" was defined for respondents to include activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Responses 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 (NCES), 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2008.


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