Courtesy of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Courtesy of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

The Montgomery County School Board may start offering students excused absences to take mental health days during the coronavirus pandemic.

A resolution to that effect was introduced at Wednesday night’s board meeting by student member Nick Asante, WTOP reported.

“I know mental health is an issue that a lot of students care about,” the student said. “And it’s something that’s always been at the forefront. But I think now more so than ever. It’s something that’s a big concern for a lot of students.”

The board voted 7-1 in favor of considering the resolution, with Vice President Brenda Wolff dissenting, saying a sufficient policy already exists.

“It seems like busywork for the policy committee, because … as a parent, I can write in and say this already,” she said, WTOP reported.

As of Thursday, Montgomery County has 22,078 coronavirus cases and 801 related deaths, according to a tracker on the county website.

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