University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

More Legislation on Student and School Safety

In The View from the OEP on May 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

As promised, we are going to continue outlining all the laws covered in the most recent legislative session that pertain to student or school safety. Here we go:

  • Act 784 requires the child abuse hotline to accept reports of injury to a child’s intellectual, emotional, or psychological development from a guidance counselor licensed as a teacher.
  • Bullies beware, Act 907, adds to the definition of bullying, clarifies the requirements of school leaders in addressing complaints, and requires schools to provide training on compliance with anti-bullying policies to all public school district employees responsible for reporting or investigating bullying under this law.
  • Act 984 authorizes parental monitors on school buses as qualified volunteers under the Arkansas Volunteer Immunity Act.
  • Act 985 enables school districts to amend or update their school policies when a law regarding child abuse is amended or added to the Arkansas Code.
  • Act 1129 includes school principals, athletic coaches, and counselors among persons who could be found guilty of sexual assault in the second degree for sexual contact with a student less than 21 years of age.
  • Act 1160 clarifies that hazing is prohibited at initiation into or affiliation with sports programs and other extracurricular activities.
  • Act 1204 enables certain school personnel (beyond just school nurses) to be trained in the administration of glucagon to students who suffer from diabetes.
  • Act 1214 requires school districts to develop procedures concerning student physical activity in its public schools. Additionally, the bill outlines professional development for at least one person for the school regarding safety in physical activity. It also authorizes a grant for a public school athletic trainer pilot program.
So that sums up the laws passed by the 88th General Assembly pertaining to safety for schools and students.
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