The Oregon Department of Education put together this toolkit following the passage of 2021’s Menstrual Dignity Act, which requires public schools to provide free menstrual products. This toolkit outlines the requirements of the Menstrual Dignity Act and includes recommendations for ensuring student equity and menstrual dignity.
“The Menstrual Dignity Act created the requirement for school districts to provide free menstrual products for all menstruating students in public schools in Oregon, including elementary, middle, and high school students. This legislation created the Menstrual Dignity for Students Program in order to address an unmet need identified by students, school leaders, and medical and public health professionals over many years. The program helps students participate actively in classes and school activities by alleviating some of the economic strain and experiences of shame that are often barriers for menstruating students accessing their education.”