This is just a reminder that House Bill No. 5506 Sec. 84 is going to take effect on September 1, 2023, just in time for the start of the 2023-2024 school year. This is the bill that includes a requirement for each local and regional board of education in Connecticut to provide free menstrual products in "women's restrooms, all-gender restrooms and at least one men's restroom" and ensure that those products are accessible to students in grades 3-12 in each school in the district.
The provision was added into the 739-page-long House Bill No. 5506: An Act Adjusting The State Budget For The Biennium Ending June 30, 2023, Concerning Provisions Related To Revenue, School Construction And Other Items To Implement The State Budget And Authorizing And Adjusting Bonds Of The State so that no students are "stigmatized" when seeking such products.
The bill also authorizes boards of education to accept donations and grants for the purposes of making the men's rooms more inclusive.
In case you are curious, yes, there is a program called "Pads For Schools" that is run by The Pad Project, an organization which believes that "not all women menstruate, and not all menstruators are women". The purpose of Pads For Schools is to provide monetary grants to US public schools and school districts to purchase and distribute free menstrual products to every "menstruator" so long as the free menstrual hygiene products are paired with comprehensive sexual education.
Of course, the Pad Project is proudly aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals leading some to wonder if this is just a back door to bring in comprehensive sexual education.