033022CM1502SPRINGFIELD – Teachers will now be able to take excused mental health absences thanks to a new law with support from State Senator Adriane Johnson.

“To address mental health as part of health care, we must ensure teachers have the ability to solve personal issues they are dealing with,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “It’s vital that we give them the time they need to unplug and focus on their mental well-being.”

Under the new law, previously Senate Bill 3914, the school board of each school district will be required to include mental health as part of their current negotiated sick days for full-time employees of the district. Teachers can use two of their days per school year as mental health days. If a teacher needs three or more mental health days, the school district will need a note from a mental health professional.

“It’s important for teachers to have the opportunity to take time off when they’re unable to work attentively,” Johnson said. “This new law allows teachers to prioritize their mental health.”

The law takes immediate effect.

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