Governor Reminds School Districts Of Law Providing Free Feminine Hygiene Products

ALBANY – New York Staet Governor Andrew Cuomo reminded school leaders Monday of a new law requiring all school districts, serving students grades six through twelve, to provide free feminine hygiene products in restrooms. As the 2018-19 school year begins, this new law will ensure all young women across the State have equal access to these essential products.
“New York leads the nation is breaking down barriers to equality, and this legislation is a critical step forward in ensuring every girl in New York has the same opportunities to grow into a confident, successful woman,” Governor Cuomo said. “By providing all students with equal access to these products, we are creating a stronger, healthier New York for all.”
“With access to menstrual products in schools, we’re continuing to ensure equality for women and girls in New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “New York passed legislation requiring schools with students in grades six through twelve have feminine hygiene products available in restrooms as a step in addressing the issue of inequality and stigma. As the school year begins, we’re reminding school districts to make sure that these items are provided to students.”
The legislation, which was part of Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Opportunity Agenda, went into effect July 1, 2018. Feminine hygiene products are personal care products used by menstruating women, including but not limited to menstrual pads and tampons. Public school districts, in consultation with their school nurse or medical director, must determine the types of products to make available to students.