Arkansas School Safety Commission Recommendations

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The Arkansas School Safety Commission is wrapping up nine months of work.

Thirty recommendations ranging from mental health, law enforcement and emergency plans will be distributed to all districts throughout the state. 

The committee argues the need for an armed presence on every school campus. 

It also suggests conducting “school climate” surveys on all campuses to help combat bullying.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson stressed that each school district will have the flexibility to implement the recommendations as needed.

“Just because there is a recommendation, I’m not in favor of putting that into law. I have enough confidence in our local school districts that they will respond appropriately and adjust it as needed to their local sensibilities,” Hutchinson said. 

About 35% of schools in Arkansas have a school resource officer, compared to the national average of 20%.

To see more about the recommendations, click here. Click here for a preliminary report. 

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