Mental Health Days Could Become Excused Absences With New State Bill

Mental Health Days Could Become Excused Absences With New State Bill

SPRINGFIELD – A bill in the Illinois Senate would count mental health days as an excused absence for students.

Under the legislation, children could be excused from school for up to five days because of a mental health or behavioral issue.

It’s supported by State Sen. Karina Villa of west Chicago, a former school social worker.

 

State Sen. Robert Martwick of Chicago is also a supporter of the bill, saying it aims to further remove the stigma regarding mental health concerns.

 

Some expressed concerns about students abusing the change, but supports say those kids trying to skip class are probably already using another excuse.

A Senate committee approved the legislation and awaits a full Senate vote.

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