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Table 6.  Number and percentage of public schools reporting the presence of security staff at school at least once a week and at specified times, by selected school characteristics: School year 200910
 
Total number of schools Security staff at least once a week1 At any time during school hours While students were arriving or leaving At selected school activities2 When school/school activities were not occurring
       
Number of schools Percent of schools Number of schools Percent of schools Number of schools Percent of schools Number of schools Percent of schools Number of schools Percent of schools
School characteristic                      
All public schools  82,800     35,400   43   31,900   39   30,300   37   29,200   35   15,700   19
                                             
Level3                                             
Primary school  48,900     13,600   28   11,100   23   10,600   22   9,400   19   5,400   11
Middle school  15,300     10,100   66   9,600   63   8,900   58   8,500   56   3,900   26
High school  12,200     9,400   76   9,100   74   8,900   73   9,100   75   5,200   43
Combined school  6,400     2,300   37   2,000   32   1,900   31   2,100   33   1,100   18
                                             
Enrollment size                                             
Less than 300  18,900     4,800   26   3,800   20   3,800   20   3,700   20   2,100   11
300–499  25,200     8,400   34   7,400   29   6,400   25   6,400   25   3,600   14
500–999  29,800     14,100   47   12,700   43   12,200   41   11,400   38   5,700   19
1,000 or more  8,900     8,000   90   8,000   90   7,800   88   7,700   86   4,300   48
                                             
Urbanicity                                             
City  21,500     11,000   51   10,500   49   9,900   46   9,700   45   5,400   25
Suburb  23,800     10,800   45   9,700   41   9,300   39   8,600   36   4,800   20
Town  12,100     4,700   39   4,200   34   3,700   30   3,700   30   1,600   13
Rural  25,300     8,900   35   7,500   30   7,400   29   7,300   29   3,900   15
                                             
Percent White enrollment                                             
More than 95 percent  11,700     3,600   30   3,200   27   2,800   24   3,000   25   1,500   13
More than 80 to 95 percent  20,900     7,600   36   6,400   31   6,200   30   5,700   27   2,800   13
More than 50 to 80 percent  20,000     8,400   42   7,400   37   6,900   35   6,900   35   3,500   18
50 percent or less  30,100     15,800   53   14,900   50   14,300   48   13,600   45   7,800   26
                                             
Percent of students eligible for                                             
free or reduced-price lunch                                             
0–20 percent  13,600     5,400   40   4,800   36   4,600   34   4,100   30   2,500   19
21–50 percent  26,200     10,400   40   9,300   35   8,700   33   8,800   34   4,400   17
More than 50 percent  42,900     19,600   46   17,800   41   17,000   40   16,200   38   8,700   20
1 Security staff includes security guards, security personnel, or sworn law enforcement officers.
2 Selected school activities include athletic and social events, open houses, and science fairs.
3 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 thehighest 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: All public schools in the 2009–10 SSOCS data file are included in the estimates presented this table. "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 and because respondents were instructed to mark all that apply to questionnaire items. Responses were provided by the principalor the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2010.


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