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Table 25.  Percentage of public middle schools reporting use of specified school practices: School year 2005–06
School practice  Percent of Schools
Require visitors to sign or check in  100
Control access to school buildings during school hours1  84
Control access to school grounds during school hours2  35
Require students to pass through metal detectors each day  2
Require visitors to pass through metal detectors  2
Perform one or more random metal detector checks on students  9
Close the campus for most or all students during lunch  78
Use one or more random dog sniffs to check for drugs  41
Perform one or more random sweeps for contraband, but not including dog sniffs3  22
Require drug testing for athletes  7
Require drug testing for students in extracurricular activities other than athletics  5
Require drug testing for any other students  4
Require students to wear uniforms  14
Enforce a strict dress code  73
Provide school lockers to students  80
Require clear book bags or ban book bags on school grounds  13
Require students to wear badges or picture IDs  10
Require faculty and staff to wear badges or picture IDs  52
Use one or more security cameras to monitor the school  52
Provide telephones in most classrooms  67
Provide two-way radios to any staff  71
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. 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2006.