Comments from 10/3/21 Poll - Mental health days for students

Under a bill in Illinois signed into law students will be able to take up to five excused mental health days.  Once a student requests a second mental health day, a school counselor will reach out to their family and the student may be referred to get professional help.  We polled our membership in September 2019 regarding this issue but we thought a re-polling might be of interest considering the impact of the pandemic on students.  Would you be in favor of this legislation in your state?  

Could be very effective for schools to be alert to students with mental health needs but the details of the law and how it is implemented is paramount. 

Parents need to know if their child is at risk to take the proper action for their mental health. 

It may help identify students who are stressed. 

Teachers are often pretty thoughtful when kids truly need a mental health day. There is no need for a law to support that. Such a law will just give other kids the opportunity to miss school and create more work for the counselors.

 I like the 5 excused days but not the automatic trigger of school intervention after the 2nd day. Allow each school to respond as they see fit not mandate a response. 

 I believe having the opportunity to use excused mental health days will be beneficial. I believe the support of professionals after day two is key. This will allow the student and their family to tap into the resources that are available to them. 

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