New law allows mental health days for teachers

SPRINGFIELD — Teachers will now be able to take excused absences for mental health reasons thanks to a new law spearheaded by State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel.

“As society continues to raise the importance of addressing mental health within healthcare, we need to ensure our teachers have the capacity to address the issues they face,” said Loughran Cappel. (D-Shorewood). “It’s essential that we give them the time they need to disconnect and focus on their mental well-being.”

Under the new law, formerly Senate Bill 3914, each school district’s school board will be required to include mental health as part of its current negotiated sick days for full-time employees in the district.

This new law allows teachers to use two of their days per school year as mental health days, and states that if a teacher requires three or more mental health days, the school district will require a note from a health care professional. mental health.

“It is important that teachers can take time off when they are physically and mentally ill,” said Loughran Cappel. “This new law removes the stigma and empowers teachers to prioritize their mental health.”

The legislation was signed by the governor on Friday and takes effect immediately.

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