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Table 35.  Number and percentage of public high 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 2015–16

        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  
School characteristic   Total Number of schools   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 high schools   12,800   7,500   58.4   4,100   31.7   10,800   84.6   2,400   19.0  
                                       
Enrollment size                                      
Less than 300   2,300   2,100   88.3   1,500   63.4   1,900   83.1   1,200   51.0  
300–499   2,000   1,500   73.5   900   43.0   1,900   92.7   600   30.6  
500–999   3,100   2,100   67.8   1,000   33.6   2,500   82.6   500   17.2  
1,000 or more   5,300   1,800   34.2   700   12.5   4,500   83.4   100 ! 1.5 !
                                       
Urbancity                                      
City   3,300   1,400   41.5   800   24.9   2,600   77.8   300 ! 10.0 !
Suburb   3,900   1,500   39.1   900   23.6   3,400   85.4   300   7.8  
Town   2,100   1,700   78.0   700   33.8   1,800   83.4   500   23.5  
Rural   3,400   2,900   85.2   1,600   46.6   3,100   91.1   1,300   37.9  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate's value.
1Estimates 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.
2Estimates 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.
3Security staff includes security guards, security personnel, or sworn law enforcement officers.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. "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. 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. 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, 2015–16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2016.