State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - Arkansas

School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Assault
Destruction of property
Dress code violation
Drug use/possession
Electronic communications policy violation
Membership in fraternity, sorority or secret organization
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-502
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-605
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-515
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-507
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-502
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Grade level: Students in K-5 may not be suspended out of school, with exceptions.
Length: Suspensions are a maximum of 10 school days. Expulsions are 10+ school days.
Violation type: Students may not suspended out of school for truancy.
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-507
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: each district student services plan must reflect the use of alternative methods of classroom management, including--behavioral contracting, dispute resolution, classroom meetings, logical consequences, assertive discipline, behavior modification, career and academic counseling. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-1004
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Alternative learning environments are required, including alternative classrooms and in-school suspensions. Non-punitive intervention services must be provided in these environments. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-209
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-48-103
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: acts of violence, crimes involving a deadly weapon Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-113
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Local decision. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-503
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? State Department of Education must develop annual report at the school, district and state level on exclusionary discipline, in-school suspension and corporal punishment. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-516

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