New Bill Would Allow Students To Take Mental Health Days

A new California bill allowing students to take days off for mental health issues is on the move. Democratic Senator Anthony Portantino introduced his bill, SB 849, in the State Legislature. He says as a parent and a family member who’s lost someone to suicide, it’s important to destigmatize mental health issues so people can get the help they need.

Under current education code, mental and behavioral problems are not recognized as excused absences. The bill will next head to the Senate Education Committee for approval in March.