CCS Launches New Program to Provide Menstrual Products at All Girls School
August 23, 2019 -- Growing into a young woman can be hard for girls, especially when it when it comes to have the period talk.
Yes the menstrual talk can be embarrassing, but what can be even more daunting is getting your period and not have feminine products on demand.
That problem has now changed with a new effort and partnership between Columbus City Schools and Columbus City Council.
“We were approached about this pilot program to say should we, or can we provide menstrual products for out girls? And I said absolutely,” said Columbus City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Talisa Dixon.
“There really is no place where you are expected to bring your own roll of toilet paper and we think that tampons and pads should be no different,” said Columbus City Council President Pro Tempore, Elizabeth Brown.
In July, Columbus City Council launched a program to provide free menstrual products in all 29 recreation centers.
On the second day of the 2019-2020 school year, Columbus City Schools launched its own program, partnering with the city to provide free tampons and pads in the bathrooms for the students at Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls.
Superintendent, Dr. Talisa Dixon, is hopeful that this program will expand to other schools throughout the year.
“Putting female issues at the forefront is everything we believe in and it is in aligned with our mission and vision. We are very excited over here,” said Columbus City Preparatory for Girls Principal, Stephanie Patton.
This push is the district’s way helping students not be embarrassed by they changes that come along with growing into a young woman.
“The stigma about periods is real for girls when they have just begun their period and it really shouldn’t be,” said Brown.
An important message is on the front of each feminine product dispenser, encouraging students to go speak with their school nurse if they have questions.
“We did not want to remove that opportunity for a student to talk to the school nurse about what may be happening. We wanted our students to say, ‘We need this product, but we still have a trusted adult we can go to have a conversation about what is happening our bodies’,” Dr. Dixon says.