State law requires the adoption of comprehensive gang prevention and intervention policies addressing multiple components.
Arkansas Code 6-15-1005. Safe equitable and accountable public schools
- (A) Every school and school district will offer appropriate alternative education programs organized to serve those students whose educational progress deviates from the standard expected for a successful transition to a productive life and those students whose behavior interferes with their own learning or the educational process of others.
Arkansas Code 6-15-1303. Safe Schools Initiative Act.
- (A) The Safe Schools Initiative training for school personnel shall be hosted by an education service cooperative of which the school district is a constituent.
- (B) The designated personnel who receive the Safe Schools Initiative training shall train other school employees and students.
- (C) The Safe Schools Initiative training also may include without limitation the training and education needed to assist a public school in:
- (i) Developing prevention strategies and enhancing existing crisis management plans for campus security and safety issues;
- (ii) Delivering education to students and faculty on public safety and legal topics such as drugs and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, bullying and cyber-bullying, gangs, preventing the possession of weapons by minors, and responding to the threat of weapons at school;
- (iii) Preparing school safety assessments; and
- (iv) Cooperating effectively with law enforcement officers in the school setting.