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States That Require Free Period Products In Schools

Did you know that providing students with freely-accessible tampons and pads can increase school attendance by 2.4%? No menstruator, especially K-12 students, should be without products if they start their period at school. Thankfully, over the past few years, there has been an uptick in legislation that requires access to period products in schools for students.

Here’s a comprehensive list of legislation that positively impacts student menstruators and the states making the world better for people with periods!

Alabama HB50

Schools, K-12, and local boards of education are required to provide period products in restrooms of Title 1 schools at no cost to students.

Arkansas Act 933

Allows public schools and open-enrollment public charter schools to use the funding to provide period products at no charge.

California AB 367

All California public schools and universities must provide free menstrual products in their restrooms. Check out our blog for more details on California’s Menstrual Equity For All Act from 2021!

Colorado SB 21-255

In the fall of 2021, the Colorado legislature created the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program to provide funding for schools – that have 50% of students enrolled who are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch – to provide period products at no cost to students. The legislation appropriated $100,000 annually for the grant program starting with the 2021-2022 school year.

Connecticut Substitute 5272

Requires all Connecticut public schools to provide free period products in restrooms accessible to students. Read our blog about Connecticut’s legislation!

Delaware HB 20

Requires all public and charter schools to provide free period products.

Georgia HB 910

Georgia’s Department of Education received budget funding to provide period products in Georgia public schools. Here are the full details about how the money for the program is distributed and where products can be found!

Hawaii SB 2821

Ensures all public school students have access to quality and free period products. Kalaheo Rainbow, an LGBTQ+-focused and student-led organization, is doing AMAZING work to create a more inclusive and equitable bathroom experience for menstruators at their school. Read about how they started working with Aunt Flow!

Illinois HB 156

As of the 2021-2022 school year, all Illinois school districts are required to make period products available at no cost to students in each bathroom of every school building for schools that provide instruction in grades 4 – 12. Additional legislation in Illinois requires period products to be provided in public universities, community colleges, and homeless shelters. Check out our blog about Illinois’ legislation from 2021!

Maine LD 452

Schools with students in grades 6 to 12 must make period products freely available in all school bathrooms.

Maryland HB 0205

School boards of education ensure each public school provides period products via dispensers in women’s restrooms at no charge to students.

Missouri HB 3002

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was provided $1,000,000 in their state budget for 2022-2023 to provide period products in all public schools.

Nevada AB 224

Provides access to period products in certain public schools around the state.

New Hampshire SB 142

School boards must make period products free of charge in public high school restrooms.

NY State Senate Bill S9379

The Department of Education must make free period products available to students in the bathrooms of school buildings in NYC, along with free access in homeless shelters.

North Carolina Feminine Hygiene Products Grant Program

Through the Feminine Hygiene Products Grant Program, schools can receive grants for providing period products in public schools at no charge to students.

Oregon HB 3294

All public education institutions must provide free pads and tampons in school bathrooms. Read more about Oregon’s Menstrual Dignity Act!

Rhode Island S 0086A

Schools, K-12, and local boards of education are required to provide period products in restrooms of Title 1 schools. All Rhode Island public schools must provide free period products in all female and gender-neutral bathrooms, serving students in grades 5-12 at no cost.

Utah HB 0162

Requires local school boards and charter school governing boards to provide period products in specific restrooms within all school facilities. To celebrate the installation of 6,300 Aunt Flow dispensers in Utah public and charter schools, our team had a Period Party with The Policy Project, Utah Period Party, and the student ambassadors who helped make the dream of access to period products a reality!

Virginia SB 232

All Virginia public elementary, middle and high schools are required to provide period products at no cost to students.

Washington HB 1273

Schools must make menstrual products available at no cost in all bathrooms.

If you’re ready to get started on your journey of menstrual equity, here’s how Aunt Flow can help people with periods at your school!

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claire coder,founder + ceo

claire coder,
founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

Founded in 2016, Aunt Flow is a certified WBENC women-owned company based in Columbus, Ohio. At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton (no weird stuff) and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! For every 10 tampons and pads we sell, we donate 1 to a menstruator in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®