Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Student Support

Suicide Prevention

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. 
 
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Bullying

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.
 
Arkansas Department of Education – Bullying Resources
 
Arkansas Department of Education Cyber Safety Resources 

Military Families

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.
 
Military Families
 
Guide for Parents, School Officials and Public Administrators

For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Knowles, Public School Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, 405-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4354
Fax: 501-682-5010

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