Senator proposes excusable mental health day absences for studentsPosted: Updated:
Students could soon be entitled to a mental health day during the school year.
Manhattan State Sen. Brad Hoylman has introduced new legislation, proposing that schools throughout New York state offer students a mental health day.
Current law requires districts to develop their own attendance policies, but Hoylman's legislation would allow an excusable mental health absence.
He says that the idea is to encourage students who might not otherwise seek treatment to prioritize their mental health.