IL students allowed to take 5 "mental health" days starting next year

by WFCN News
by WFCN News

9/7/2021 | 7:58 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD - Students in Illinois public schools will be able to take up to five days off for mental health reasons beginning next year following a law signed by Governor JB Pritzker.

According to reports, beginning in January 2022, all students will be able to take excused absences without a doctor's note for mental health reasons under Senate Bill 1577.

According to the bill's text, students will be referred to a counselor following their second mental health absence. 

The bill, aimed at increasing mental health awareness efforts following the pandemic, was signed by the Governor and takes effect next year.

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