Act 681 of 2003 requires school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies to prevent pupil harassment, also known as “bullying,” and shall file with the Department of Education a copy of the policies adopted. The State Board of Education shall review the policies provided by the school districts and may recommend changes or improvements to the districts if the board determines the policies need improvement.
The anti-bullying policies developed by the school district should become part of the district's "Student Handbooks" and "School Personnel Policy Handbooks." Policies are to be provided to parents, students, school volunteers and employees.
A copy of Act 681 of 2003 is attached and will become effective on July 16, 2003. Each school district shall send a copy of the Anti-Bullying Policies by October 15th of each year to:
Arkansas Department of Education
Student Support Services
#4 State Capitol Mall, Rooom 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201