Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention

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

Act 190 – School Counseling Improvement Act of 2019 addresses the school counselor’s role in bullying prevention, training and protocols in schools.
Act 1029 – 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.

Download the Bullying Prevention Roles Visual (PDF) or click on the image below.

Bullying Prevention Roles

To support Arkansas schools and school districts, the DESE is providing links to a selection of resources available that are free to Arkansas educators.
Prevent Bullying and Cyberbullying
Stop Bullying
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
SAMHSA Bullying App
Eyes On Bullying
Common Sense Education
National Crime Prevention Council
DESE Resources
Arkansas IDEAS - Bullying
American Psychological Association 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  -  School Violence: Prevention Tools and Resources
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State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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