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School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS)

The School Survey on Crime and Safety is a national survey of principals in U.S. public elementary, middle, and high schools. The survey covers topics such as:

  • Frequency and types of crimes occurring at school
  • Disciplinary actions allowed and used in schools
  • Policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce crime in schools
  • Characteristics of school climate related to safety

The SSOCS was first conducted in the 1999-2000 school year. Data has been collected every other school year from 2004 to 2010 and from 2016 to 2020. The SSOCS data collection in the 2021-22 school year is the final planned collection.

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