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Table 25.  Percentage of public high 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  79
Control access to school grounds during school hours2  38
Require students to pass through metal detectors each day  4
Require visitors to pass through metal detectors  3
Perform one or more random metal detector checks on students  13
Close the campus for most students during lunch  73
Use one or more random dog sniffs to check for drugs  59
Perform one or more random sweeps for contraband, but not including dog sniffs3  28
Require drug testing for any students  16
Require drug testing for athletes  10
Require drug testing for students in extracurricular activities other than athletics  6
Require students to wear uniforms  4
Enforce a strict dress code  64
Provide school lockers to students  89
Require clear book bags or ban book bags on school grounds  9
Require students to wear badges or picture IDs  16
Require faculty and staff to wear badges or picture IDs  41
Use one or more security cameras to monitor the school  60
Provide telephones in most classrooms  65
Provide two-way radios to any staff  69
Prohibit all tobacco use on school grounds  93
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: 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, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2004.


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