Arkansas Department of Education ADE Final Guidelines: Guidelines for Ark. Code Ann. §12-12-901 et seq., "Megan's Law"

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Ark. Code Ann. §12-12-913
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The Arkansas Sex Offender Registration Act, also known as “Megan’s Law,” is the community notification law that allows law enforcement to communicate with the public when a sex offender is in their area.  


Ark. Code Ann. 12-12-913(g)(1) charges the Arkansas State Board of Education with the responsibility of promulgating guidelines for the disclosure of this information to school district staff, students and parents. Each school district is encouraged to use these guidelines for drafting their own notification policy in cooperation with local law enforcement. 


The attached guidance incorporates the changes of Act 267 of 2017 and provides additional guidance on Level III and Level IV Offenders.  It was approved by the State Board of Education on December 13, 2018.  This guidance can also be found on the Department’s website at




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