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Oregon students able to take 'mental health day' under new bill


Added 07-21-19 08:57:02pm EST - “A new bill in Oregon will give students the ability to take a "mental health day" and it will count as an excused absence.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Oregon students able to take 'mental health day' under new bill”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A new bill in Oregon will give students the ability to take a “mental health day” and it will count as an excused absence.

The law will allow for excused school absences due to mental or behavioral health and is widely believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country, according to the Associated Press.

The bill, signed last month by Gov. Kate Brown (D), will give students the ability to take up to five excused absences in a three-month span for mental health reasons. Any additional absences will require a written excuse.

The bill came to the Oregon statehouse and was ultimately passed after prodding from student activists.

Haily Hardcastle, 18, said she and other student activists were partly motivated by the youth-led movement that followed the shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas high school last year.

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