This legislation is based on Vermont Senate Bill 53 and Washington D.C. Bill 21-0158.
Definitions. For the purposes of this act, the term:
(1) “Period products” means a tampon, a sanitary pad, or liner.
Sec. 2. Provision of period products.
(a)(1) Local education agencies and private schools shall install at least one dispenser or similar container for period products in:
(A) Each women’s and gender-neutral bathroom in every middle school and high school; and
(B) At least one women’s and one gender-neutral bathroom in every elementary school. ENROLLED ORIGINAL
(2) If a school building does not have a gender-neutral bathroom, then the period products shall also be available in at least one men’s bathroom.
(3) LEAs and private schools shall stock every dispenser or similar container with sufficient period products to serve the needs of the LEA or private school’s students throughout the academic year and any period of summer programming offered on a school’s campus.
(b) Public universities and colleges, private universities and colleges, and vocational schools shall:
(1) Install at least one dispenser or similar container for period products in every women’s and gender-neutral bathroom; and
(2) Stock every dispenser or similar container with sufficient period products to serve the needs of students at all times throughout the calendar year.
(c) Period products required to be made available pursuant to this section shall be free of charge.
(d) In consultation with the Department of Health, the Department of Education shall develop an 8.5 inch by 11 inch sign that includes medically accurate information on the safe use and disposal of menstrual products. The sign shall be:
(1) Placed near each dispenser or similar container for period products; and
(2) Made available for downloading in PDF format on the OSSE website.
(e) Each LEA, private school, public universities and colleges, private college or university, and vocational school shall install the dispensers or similar containers required by this section within one year after the effective date of this act.
Sec. 4, Education on menstruation.
(a)(1) The State Board of Education, shall develop and implement health education standards on menstrual education designed for all students, regardless of gender, in DCPS schools and District of Columbia public charter schools, beginning in grade 4.
(2) The overarching vision of the health education standards shall be to ensure that students in the District of Columbia schools shall have the information, support, and enabling-school environment to manage menstruation with dignity, safety, and comfort.
(3) The health education standards shall include information on the menstrual cycle, premenstrual syndrome and pain management, menstrual hygiene management, menstrual disorders, menstrual irregularities, menopause, and other relevant topics relating to the menstrual cycle.
(b) OSSE shall implement the health education standards required by this section within one year of the effective date of this act. ENROLLED ORIGINAL