Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Discipline of Students: Development of School District Student Discipline Policies

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Public School Accountability
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Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-502 through § 6-18-515
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School district student discipline policies are to be developed through the commitment, cooperation, and involvement of the district's administrators, teachers, students, parents, and counselors.  The policies are to describe the district's expectations of student conduct and specify the consequences of violating the rules.  As the need arises, school officials may adopt additional policies containing student conduct rules.  Any new policies or modifications to existing school district student discipline policies must be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Education within 30 days of board approval.  


In accordance with Ark. Code Ann. §6-18-504, any school district failing to file the disciplinary policies as required by §6-18-503 with the department shall have all state aid funds withheld until such disciplinary policy is filed with the department.  The required disciplinary policies may be contained in student handbooks.  


These discipline policies must be mailed or delivered in hard copy on or before October 15, 2017 to:


Arkansas Department of Education

Equity Assistance Center

Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #25

Little Rock, AR 72201


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