Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Student Support

Suicide Prevention

Every day someone in Arkansas dies by suicide.  Every fifth day that person is a youth between 10-24 years of age.  Suicide can often be prevented if we know what the warning signs are and how to intervene.
Maintaining a safe school environment is part of a school’s overall mission.  Subsequent to the passing of the Jason Flatt Act, licensed school personnel are required to obtain at least two hours of professional development every five years in the area of suicide awareness and 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.
To support Arkansas schools and school districts, the ADE is providing links to a selection of resources available that are free to Arkansas educators.
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education - Bullying Resources
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education  - Cyber Safety Resources 

Military Families

As part of the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunity for Military Children, the Arkansas Council on Military Children helps to ensure the uniform treatment of dependent children transferring between school districts and states.
Military Families
Guide for Parents, School Officials and Public Administrators

School Health Services

The Arkansas School Health Services (SHS) Initiative is an interagency collaboration between the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Arkansas Department of Health. The  SHS office seeks to improve children’s health and academic success by advancing school health services through leadership and collaboration. To learn more, please visit School Health Services.

For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Knowles, Public School Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, 405-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4354

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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