Students may now take a day off for ‘civic events’

Nathan Yuan, Editor-in-Chief

Illinois students can now take a day off school to participate in a civic activity, according to House Bill 5488, which took effect on Jan. 1.

“Civic events” are defined by the bill as events sponsored by a non-profit organization or governmental entity that is open to the public. Such events include, but are not limited to, artistic or cultural performance or educational gatherings.

“I fully support students to be able to exercise their civic responsibility to vote,” said Dr. Steve Jeretina, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. “Civic participation is one of the most important things that we can do. If its part of an experience that’s going to lead to somebody really exploring an interest or an obligation, I’m behind it.”