Boston Public Schools to provide free menstrual supplies to students in grades 6-12

"Nearly one in five girls in the U.S. have left school early, or missed school all together because they didn't have access to menstrual products."

Mayor Marty Walsh
Mayor Marty Walsh. –Scott Eisen / Getty Images

When classes resume in the fall, 77 Boston Public Schools that include grades 6 through 12 will provide free menstrual supplies to students as part of a $100,000 pilot program, Mayor Marty Walsh’s office announced Monday.

“I’m grateful to Mayor Walsh for funding this important program, and making sure that girls in BPS don’t have to choose between taking care of their health, and going to class,” said Laura Perille, interim BPS superintendent. “Offering free, easily accessible menstrual supplies means that more students will have access to the supplies they need, and are able to stay in class and focus on their education.”

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The products will be stored in the school nurse’s office. After the pilot program, nurses will work with teachers, who will also give them out, the release said.

“This pilot program is about equity in our schools, and among our young people,” Walsh said in a statement. “Nearly one in five girls in the U.S. have left school early, or missed school all together because they didn’t have access to menstrual products. I’m proud BPS continues to be a leader in equity, ensuring our students have the resources they need, and access to the same opportunities.”