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4J votes to make feminine hygiene products free in bathrooms

The dispensers have already been ordered.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 11:32 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2019 10:12 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene school board unanimously passed a policy Wednesday night making feminine hygiene products free in some school bathrooms.

Previously, students could receive the products for free by going to their school office. Now, schools will be installing dispensers in girls and gender-neutral restrooms in middle and high schools.

Students who advocated for the change said the new policy will improve equality in the schools by ensuring that no one's education is disrupted during menstruation. 

Kira Elliott is a student at Churchill High School and a member of a period education and advocacy group.

"If I don't have any products or any of my nearby friends don't have any products, then I literally need to leave class, leave my education, and go on the hunt for someone I know who might have pads or tampons," she said.

Several students spoke to the board in favor of the dispensers. Board members also appeared enthusiastic about supporting the new policy.

"If you don't have anything or you can't afford to have it, it can be a little embarrassing to have to go ask. Especially when you have such a short period of time between classes," said school board chair Anne Marie Levis prior to the meeting.

Putting in the new dispensers is expected to cost about $29,000. Stocking the products is also expected to cost $6,000 annually. The dispensers have already been ordered. 

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