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Table 26.  Percentage of public middle schools reporting use of specified security practices, by selected school characteristics: 1999–2000


Practice Yes No
Require visitors to sign or check in 97 3
Control access to school buildings during school hours1 76 24
Control access to school grounds during school hours2 30 70
Require students to pass through metal detectors each day 2 98
Require visitors to pass through metal detectors 2 98
Perform one or more random metal detector checks on students 14 86
Close the campus for most students during lunch 81 19
Use one or more random dog sniffs to check for drugs 37 63
Perform one or more random sweeps for contraband,3 but not including dog sniffs 24 76
Require drug testing for any students4 6 94
Require students to wear uniforms 10 90
Enforce a strict dress code 61 39
Provide a printed code of student conduct to students 97 3
Provide a printed code of student conduct to parents 96 4
Provide school lockers to students 77 23
Require clear book bags or ban book bags on school grounds 13 87
Require students to wear badges or picture IDs 6 94
Require faculty and staff to wear badges or picture IDs 26 74
Use one or more security cameras to monitor the school 20 80
Provide telephones in most classrooms 46 54
Prohibit all tobacco use on school grounds 93 7
1 For example, locked or monitored doors.
2 For example, locked or monitored gates.
3 For example, drugs or weapons.
4 For example, athletes.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. "At school/at your school" was defined for respondents as including activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that are holding school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to, unless the survey specified otherwise, only respond for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities/events were in session.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000.


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