The physical, social, and emotional well-being of students can be impacted by unwanted aggressive behavior or bullying.
In accordance with A.C.A. § 6-18-514, all public school students have the right to receive their education in an environment that is reasonably free from substantial intimidation, harassment, or harm or threat of harm by another student, in person or by electronic means.
New Legislation in 2019
– School Counseling Improvement Act of 2019 addresses the school counselor’s role in bullying prevention, training and protocols in schools.
– This act amends previous anti-bullying legislation and addresses anti-bullying continuing education, notice procedures and reporting requirements.
Guidance in Addressing School Bullying
The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) developed the following guidance on bullying prevention, as required by Act 1029 in consultation with state agencies, school personnel, advocacy organizations, and other interested parties to support public school districts and public charter schools in addressing the issue of school bullying.
To support Arkansas schools and school districts, the DESE is providing links to a selection of resources available that are free to Arkansas educators.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
SAMHSA Bullying App
Eyes On Bullying
Common Sense Education
National Crime Prevention Council
Arkansas IDEAS - Bullying
American Psychological Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - School Violence: Prevention Tools and Resources