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A bill that allows students to take up to five mental health days without needing a doctor’s note to be considered an excused absence is now Illinois State Law.

The Bill was backed by Democratic State Representative Barbara Hernandez of Aurora. The bill was signed into law by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker last week. Representative Hernandez says mental health days are just as important of a reason for kids to stay home as are colds or a fever.

She says students of all ages can struggle with mental health concerns that for many have been exacerbated by the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. The bill was passed unanimously by both the Illinois House and Senate.