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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 200910
 
School characteristic 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
    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 82,800     64,800   78   57,000   69   75,900   92   47,400   57
                                     
Level4                                    
Primary 48,900     42,000   86   40,100   82   46,900   96   35,300   72
Middle 15,300     11,000   72   7,400   49   13,500   88   5,100   34
High school 12,200     6,700   55   4,900   40   9,900   81   2,900   24
Combined 6,400     5,200   82   4,600   73   5,600   89   4,000   63
                                     
Enrollment size                                    
Less than 300 18,900     16,800   89   15,600   83   17,600   93   14,000   74
300–499 25,200     21,300   85   19,800   79   23,700   94   16,700   66
500–999 29,800     23,200   78   19,300   65   27,600   93   15,700   53
1,000 or more 8,900     3,600   40   2,300   26   7,000   79   890   10
                                     
Urbanicity                                    
City 21,500     14,100   65   14,100   66   19,300   90   10,000   49
Suburb 23,800     17,800   75   16,500   69   21,800   92   13,000   55
Town 12,100     10,600   88   7,900   65   11,400   95   7,400   61
Rural 25,300     22,400   88   18,500   73   23,300   92   16,400   65
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), 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2010.


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