Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education AR DESE Bullying Prevention Guidance

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Legal Services
Regulatory Authority
Act 1029 of 2019 (codified at Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-17-711)
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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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Act 1029 of 2019 requires the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to develop a guidance document for use by parents and legal guardians, students, and public school districts to assist in resolving complaints concerning student bullying behaviors. DESE developed Guidance in collaboration with state agencies, school personnel, advocacy organizations, and other interested parties, to support public school districts and public charter schools in addressing the issue of school bullying. This Guidance is available on the Division's website and should be made available to all public school personnel.


Additional information regarding the professional development required by Act 1029 may be found in Commissioner’s Memo LS-20-026 (Legislative Guidance and Support Regarding Discipline).


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