ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-07-065

Date Created : 12/08/2006


Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals

Type of Memo: Regulatory
Response Required: No
Section:   Accountability - Dr. Charity Smith, Assistant Commissioner
Amend Anti-Bullying Policies

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann § 6-18-514, as amended by Act 1437 of 2005

Contact Person:
Oliver Dillingham, Berthenia Gill, Keyth Howard

Phone Number:


Act 1437 of 2005 requires school districts to amend anti-bullying policies to provide procedures requiring that the person or persons filing a complaint will not be subject to retaliation or reprisal in any form, and to prohibit bullying while in school, on school property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at designated school bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, or at school sanctioned events. These amendments should become part of the district’s “Student Handbooks” and “School Personnel Policy Handbooks” that are to be mailed by January 15th to the Arkansas Department of Education. Policies are to be provided to parents, students, school volunteers and employees each year.

A copy of Act 1437 of 2005 is attached.


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