Should schools provide free tampons for students? | The Tylt

Should schools provide free tampons for students?

According to MarketWatch, one in five school-aged girls have missed school because they did not have access to period products. Some believe that public schools should supply every restroom with free tampons and pads, given that the materials are a necessity for many students. Others point to budget restrictions and argue a limited supply of tampons and pads are typically available in the school nurse's office. Critics say even if this is the case, making girls walk to the nurse only furthers the negative period stigma. What do you think?

FINAL RESULTS
Culture
Should schools provide free tampons for students?
A festive crown for the winner
#ProvideFreeTampons
#CantGiveOutTampons
Dataviz
Real-time Voting
Should schools provide free tampons for students?
#ProvideFreeTampons
#CantGiveOutTampons
#ProvideFreeTampons

Only three states require public schools to provide free menstrual hygiene products in restrooms. Although this number could grow to four after the New Hampshire House passed its own "period poverty bill" this May, the country still has a long way to go. HuffPost's Alanna Vagianos reports:

The New Hampshire House passed a bill on Wednesday that would require free pads and tampons be provided in all public middle and high schools in the state.

One in five school-aged girls have missed school due to lack of access to—or inability to afford—tampons and pads. HuffPost refers to high school senior Caroline Dillon, who spearheaded the New Hampshire bill, for insight on the topic:

“I know for a fact that girls here and at the middle school will stay home if they don’t have access, and they’ll [do] awful things like using socks or newspaper or reusing things, and your risk for infection skyrockets,” [Dillon] told The Associated Press....

Many critics say that tampons and pads should be recognized as the necessity they are. No school would question suppling every restroom with toilet paper, and menstrual products should be no different. 

#CantGiveOutTampons

But making tampons and pads available in all public school restrooms is no easy thing when it comes to budgeting, especially since, by nature, tampons and pads will go quickly. If anything, the funding for these materials should not come out of public school budgets. As one person writes via Countable:

Even if it’s inexpensive for schools to provide these products, it’s still an additional cost for stretched education budgets. There are other ways to provide free menstrual products to schools, including major corporations donating these products to low-income school districts.

Another dissenter makes the point that if free lunches aren't even possible in public schools, free tampons and pads are a long way off:

Schools can't even afford to provide free lunches. Why would they need to be tasked with providing this? It's the parent's responsibility to provide those types of things to their children.
FINAL RESULTS
Culture
Should schools provide free tampons for students?
A festive crown for the winner
#ProvideFreeTampons
#CantGiveOutTampons