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.
Act 950 of the 90th Arkansas General Assembly (Arkansas Code Annotated, § 6-15-1302 et seq. and § 6-15-1303 et seq.) requires all public schools to have a panic button alert system that is integrated with the Smart 911 system.
In September 2015, all public schools received access to a panic button app for use during an emergency. The panic button technology, which is provided by Rave Mobile Safety, allows school faculty and staff to download the app to their smart phones, enabling faculty or staff on the local school network to quickly notify 911 in the event of an emergency. All faculty and staff on the local network will receive text message alerts and situational updates.
Smart911 seeks to save time and lives during emergencies. The service allows Arkansans to create a secure safety profile online that local dispatchers can view during a 9-1-1 call. The safety profile can include information about an individual, family or residence ranging from details on medical conditions, disabilities and special needs to home addresses associated with mobile phones, utilities, emergency contacts and more.
Smart911 is private and secure and is only made available to the 9-1-1 system during an emergency call.
For more information, please contact:
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Communications
Four Capitol Mall, Room 104-A
Little Rock, AR 72201