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 Guidance and School Counseling unit conducts annual two-day Gatekeeper Trainer of Trainers sessions and ArkansasIDEAS offers online courses to satisfy this requirement.
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. In addition, the Rules Governing Public School Student Services require districts to provide group conflict resolution services including programs to prevent bullying in schools.
To support Arkansas schools and school districts, the ADE is providing links to a selection of resources available that are free to Arkansas educators.
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.
School Health Services
The Arkansas School Health Services (SHS) Initiative is an interagency collaboration between the Arkansas Department of 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:
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, 405-B
Little Rock, AR 72201