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Mental Health Days

Reported by webmaster@ipsd.org on 1/10/22

Starting in January 2022, the State of Illinois will recognize “Mental Health Days” as an excused absence. A mental health day can be taken if a student experiences concerns such as anxiety, depression, somatic symptoms (headache, throwing up). Mental Health Days are not to be taken due to stress because of lack of work completion or test/presentation preparation, overscheduling of extracurricular or job hours. If your student is experiencing feelings of stress related to these items, please see your school counselor. Finally, Mental Health Days should not be used as an extension of a holiday break or vacation plans made by the family.

Students will be allowed up to five “Mental Health Days” a year. After the second “Mental Health Day” is taken, students will be required to have a consultation with a school mental health provider. Students may also be referred to mental health resources.

If a student's concerns warrant parent notification, a phone call or email would be made directly to that parent.

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