School Safety

Safety is Top Priority

School Safety in Arkansas

    Students learn best in a school climate that is safe, friendly, and student-centered. School safety is everyone’s responsibility. School buildings, grounds, playground equipment, and buses that meet safety standards provide an environment that enhances learning. School staff, students, and family members are encouraged to work together to establish and maintain wellness policy, behavioral expectations, rules, and routines. It is important that schools uphold social justice and practice mutual respect for individual differences in addition to supporting students, staff, and family members in teaching students how to manage their own behavior. 

    Parents, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to review the posted tools and resources that are designed to help encourage and support a positive and safe learning environment. 

    Arkansas School Safety Commission

    2018

    On March 1, 2018, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that he issued an executive order that creates the Arkansas School Safety Commission. The Governor has also committed $300,000 to the Criminal Justice Institute for additional training for school resource officers and security assessments for schools. The commissioners evaluated school designs, safety and security policies, emergency plans and policies, school counseling, and mental health issues. They also evaluated school-security data, including issues such as single-point entry, electronic access badges, and school resource officers.

    Click here to view the 2018 School Safety Commission's FINAL REPORT. (PDF)

    Click here to view the 2018 School Safety Commission Minutes.

    2022

    On June 10, 2022, Governor Asa Hutchinson reconvened the Arkansas School Safety Commission.  Pursuant to Executive Order 22-09, the Commission shall: Review the Final Report of the 2018 Commission, Provide an update on the status of school safety across Arkansas, Update the analysis of the safety of K-12 schools throughout the state, Determine progress toward the findings of the previous report, and Identify new recommendations of best practice.  An Initial Report is due to the Governor on August 1, 2022, with the Final Report due by October 1, 2022.

    Meeting Timeline – Tuesdays at 1:00 pm at the State Capitol in Room 151

    • June 14, 2022 | Agenda | Recording | Minutes
    • June 21, 2022 | Recording
    • June 28, 2022 | Recording
    • July 5, 2022
    • July 12, 2022
    • July 26, 2022
    • August 2, 2022
    • August 9, 2022
    • August 16, 2022
    • August 23, 2022
    • August 30, 2022
    • September 6, 2022
    • September 13, 2022
    • September 20, 2022
    • September 27, 2022

    Arkansas Center for School Safety

    The Arkansas Center for School Safety (ACSS) provides education, training, resources, and technical assistance to Arkansas educators and law enforcement professionals to assist them in providing children with a safe environment to reach their academic potential. Learn more at https://arsafeschools.com/safe-schools-program/.

    Arkansas Safe Schools Association

    The Arkansas Safe Schools Association is a statewide, non-profit organization consisting of school resource officers, school safety personnel, school administrators, and others dedicated to protecting Arkansas children and helping schools maintain a safe and orderly climate, thereby creating a positive learning environment. For more information, visit https://www.arkansassafeschools.org/.

    For more information, please contact:

    Arkansas Department of Education
    Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Four Capitol Mall
    Little Rock, AR 72201

    Phone: 501-682-4475