VSB introduces policy bringing free tampons, pads to Vancouver schools
Posted December 5, 2019 9:40 am.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Students in Vancouver will soon be able to get free pads and tampons in public elementary and high schools.
On Wednesday night at a committee meeting, the Vancouver School Board moved forward with a policy making menstrual products available to all students in area schools.
Each school will offer free pads and tampons in all universal and accessible washrooms, as well as in at least one girls’ washroom per floor at each school.
In the spring, the province made it mandatory for all public schools in B.C. to provide the items by the end of the year.
The program is receiving an initial $300,000 for schools to install machines and is expected to receive the same amount of funding on an annual basis.
According to the province, one-in-seven students has had to miss school because of a lack of access to menstrual products.
With files from Lasia Kretzel