Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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School Safety

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 will evaluate school designs, safety and security policies, emergency plans and policies, school counseling, and mental health issues. They will evaluate school-security data, including issues such as single-point entry, electronic access badges, and school resource officers.

The School Safety Commission’s initial report is due to Gov. Hutchinson on July 1, 2018. To learn more, please go to


  • The Intelligence/Communication Subcommittee of the Arkansas School Safety Commission will meet at 9 a.m, March 27, 2018, at the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, #4 State Police Plaza Drive in Little Rock, AR 72209.
  • The Arkansas School Safety Commission Mental Health Subcommittee will mean at 9 a.m. March 28, 2018, via Zoom (video conference). The link to join: Call-in number: 1-646-876-9923. Meeting ID: 741 479 861
  • The Security Audits and Emergency Operations Plans and Active Shooter Drills Subcommittee of the Arkansas School Safety Commission will meet via conference call at 11 a.m. March 28, 2018. Call-In Number: 1-888-808-6929. Participant Access Code: 2626346.
  • The Ad-Hoc School Visit Committee will meet at 11:00 a.m. on April 2, 2018via Zoom (video conference). The link to join: Call-in number: 1 646 876 9923. Meeting ID: 812 290 621.
  • The Arkansas School Safety Commission will meet at 12 p.m. April 4, 2018 at the Criminal Justice Institute, 26 Corporate Hill Drive in Little Rock, AR 72205.
  • The Arkansas School Safety Commission will meet 10 a.m. April 17, 2018 at the Criminal Justice Institute, 26 Corporate Hill Drive in Little Rock, AR 72205

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:

John Kaminar, Security and Loss Prevention Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 104-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-5188

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