Ohio lawmakers are considering a proposal that would give K-12 students three mental health days a year, designating those days as a time “during which a student cares for the student’s emotional and psychological well-being in lieu of school attendance.”
“We need to break the stigma around looking after our mental health,” Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, told The Center Square. “With this legislation, we are letting our children know that prioritizing their mental health is not only acceptable, but critical to achieving a healthy lifestyle. This mindset will help them succeed in school and beyond.”
It’s not a bad idea, and one that lawmakers should give serious consideration to.
However, school districts also need to take seriously their responsibility to understand why some students may need time away from the classroom to protect their mental health.
Giving kids a day to decompress may be just the thing they need.
For others, the help needed goes beyond a day outside the classroom.
The language in the bill should ensure that children are not simply given the day off.