State law requires districts to provide counseling, safeguards, or other supportive services to students who have been bullied.
Arkansas Code 6-18-2004. Comprehensive student services.
- (1) A school counselor shall spend at least ninety percent (90%) of his or her working time during student contact days providing direct services and indirect services to students.
- (2) Direct and indirect services may be provided in collaboration with other school personnel and include without limitation: (F) Providing social and emotional skills designed to support students, including without limitation programs: (iv) To prevent bullying that include without limitation:
- (a) Training programs for school employees regarding how to recognize bullying behaviors;
- (b) Protocols for responding to bullying that is occurring in the school;
- (c) Strategies that support a student who is being bullied; and
- (d) Strategies that help a bystander speak out against bullying.
Arkansas Code 6-18-514. Antibullying policies
- (A) Promptly investigate the credible report or complaint.
- (i) The investigation conducted under subdivision (d)(2)(A) of this section shall be completed as soon as possible but not later than five (5) school days from the date of the written report of the alleged incident of bullying as required under subdivision (d)(1)(B) of this section.
- (ii) Following the completion of the investigation into the alleged incident of bullying conducted under subdivision (d)(2)(A) of this section, an individual licensed as a public school district building-level administrator or his or her designee may without limitation:
- (a) Provide intervention services;
- (b) Establish training programs to reduce bullying;
- (c) Impose discipline on any of the parties involved in the incident of bullying;
- (d) Recommend counseling for any of the parties involved in the incident of bullying; or
- (e) Take or recommend other appropriate action. [...] (5) Discuss, as appropriate, the availability of counseling and other intervention services with students involved in the incident of bullying.