Students in Louisville plead for law to allow lawful absence from mental health

Students from Louisville made their way to Frankfort to show their support for a proposal about their mental health in the classroom. The bill would allow students to be lawfully absent due to mental health or behavioral problems. On Tuesday, students at Manual told lawmakers that this is an important issue. One student explained that the bill was not only intended to elevate students, but also to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the Commonwealth. being with parents and school staff,” the student explained. “This bill will allow students to honestly express to school staff why they are absent and help eliminate the silence surrounding mental health issues.” The House Education Committee approved the bill with bipartisan support. It will go to the full house next week.

Louisville students made their way to Frankfort to express their support for a proposal about their mental health in the classroom.

The bill would allow students to be legally absent for mental health or behavioral problems. On Tuesday, Manual students told lawmakers this is an important point.

One student explained that the bill was created to not only elevate students, but also remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the Commonwealth.

“Students often feel uncomfortable raising their mental well-being with parents and school staff,” the student explains. “This bill allows students to honestly explain to school staff why they are absent and helps eliminate the silence surrounding mental health issues.”

The House Education Committee approved the bill with bipartisan support. It will go to the full house next week.

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