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Starting next year, students in Illinois will be given extra days off for mental health. The new law allows students to take up to five ‘mental health days’ each school year. These days off will not require a doctor’s note to be counted as an excused absence.

Lawmakers say the bill will help students cope with “anxiety and depression” – which is often made worse by attending school during the COVID pandemic. The law goes into effect in January.

Should other states adopt a similar law?  Were you a ‘perfect attendance’ type student, or did you skip class from time to time?