On January 31, the Colorado Coalition introduced their bill, HB24-1164 Free Menstrual Products to Students. The legislation would ensure that Colorado middle and high school students have access to free tampons and pads in the restroom!
Specifically, HB24-1164 states:
- Beginning July 1, 2025, local education providers are required to offer free period products in at least half of the bathrooms for menstruating students in grades 6-12.
- Beginning July 1, 2026, all local education providers, facility schools, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind are required to provide free period products in bathrooms for menstruating students in grades 6-12.
The bill would also build on the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program to support even MORE Colorado school districts in providing period products to students.
What is the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program?
During the 2022 – 2023 academic year, the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program provided 32 local Colorado educational providers with access to free menstrual products in schools. The program was a MAJOR success, with positive responses from all 32 educational providers.
With the introduction of HB24-1164, it’s time to ensure students across Colorado don’t miss class because they don’t have access to period products.
- 84% of students in the US have missed class or know someone who has due to the lack of access to period products.
- Nearly 1 in 4 teens (23%) have struggled to afford period products.
- 49% of students feel that their school doesn’t care about them if they don’t provide free pads and tampons in restrooms.
- 80% of teens say the lack of access to period products is a critical issue.