NY Students Could Soon Have ‘Mental Health Days’
With youth mental health becoming more and more of a focus for districts, a state lawmaker is looking to give students peace of mind in staying home from school if they are noto in a good place mentally.
According to WTEN in Albany, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman introduced legislation which would allow students take "mental health days" from school.
Currently, the report states, school districts in New York make their own rules regarding permissible absences. This legislation would require all districts to adopt a policy to allow absences for issues of mental or behavioral health.
New York Association of School Psychologists President Dr. John Carruto said that while it is important for schools to view mental health absences as equal to those of a physical nature, districts also need to make sure they have adequate mental health services for students.