ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-08-017

Date Created : 08/27/2007


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

Type of Memo: Administrative
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Accountability - Dr. Charity Smith, Assistant Commissioner
Discipline of Students and the Development of School District Student Policies

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-18-502 - 6-18-504

Contact Person:
Oliver Dillingham, Berthenia Gill, Keyth Howard

Phone Number:


Attached are the Arkansas Department of Education’s (ADE) guidelines governing the development, review and revision of school district student discipline and school safety policies.

These guidelines were promulgated pursuant to the Department of Education’s authority under Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-11-105 and 6-18-502.

The 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 school board approval.

Please review; Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-18-507 and 6-18-514.


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