School Safety Empowers Districts and Schools With Safety and Security Resources

Safety is Top Priority, a newly launched website by the federal government, provides a one-stop shop for school safety best practices and resources to create a safe and supportive learning environment for students. The website aims to help schools prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations. includes:
  • The School Safety Readiness Tool, an assessment that helps users evaluate their respective school’s overall safety posture across 10 foundational elements of school safety and generates a tailored Action Plan with task prioritization, options for consideration, aligned resources, and grant opportunities specific to individual needs
  • A Secure Information Sharing Platform for designated school personnel to share school safety ideas, practices, and tactics in a protected environment
  • Resources and best practices on key school safety topics to assist with building awareness within the school community to promote vigilance and build capacity to respond to incidents

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

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.

Arkansas School Safety Commission Final Report

Please view the School Safety Commission's FINAL report. (PDF)

The preliminary report is available at

Public Comments and Addressing the Commission

The public may submit comments and ideas to the School Safety Commission at

Arkansas School Safety Commission Minutes

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

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

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

Suzanne Jones, Safe Schools Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall Room 301A
Mail Slot #4
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-683-5266