Washington Post: Some states are now offering mental health days off to students

Friday, January 31 2020

Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel anxious or depressed enough to want a day off from work or school? (Who hasn’t?)

Now, in recognition of increasing rates of anxiety and depression in young people, some states and school districts are offering students that opportunity. And in some places, students themselves have pushed for the change in policy.

Oregon and Utah are allowing students to take off for mental-health reasons, and there are legislative proposals to do the same in California, New York and Florida. In addition, the Montgomery County school district in Virginia recently decided to allow students to cite mental health for an excused absence.


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