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