Because it is important that students have a safe and orderly environment for learning, safety is a primary goal for all schools. And in general, North Carolina's schools are very safe places.
The district Report Card tracks school safety by counting the number of acts of crime and violence that are reported as occurring on school property or at school events. School districts are required to report to the state any of 16 different offenses (for example, possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, or assault resulting in serious bodily injury). This table counts the number of reportable acts (rounded to two decimal points) per every 100 students in schools in this district. While the number of acts that have occurred is important, so is knowing where, when, and what incidents occur. To answer those questions and to find out more about safety in your school and school district, talk to school or district administrators. Additional information about disciplinary actions in your district can be found under the report card table, "Student Suspensions and Expulsions."
For a full list of the 16 types of acts reported by schools, see the Data Sources & Information Guide. Definitions of reportable offenses and additional information about school reporting requirements are available from the NC Department of Public Instruction's Discipline Data website.