Period. Aunt Flo. Menses. Menstrual cycle. It has different names, but it means the same thing. The raging, hurtful, crazy “bitch” that rears her ugly head. She causes different actions in every woman.

Some women can calm her with comfort food. Others can calm her with chocolate. Still, others with sex. I mean, she requires different things from different women. Either way, she comes every month.

Sometimes every other month. It really varies, but unless there’s something to manipulate her appearance and appt time, she’ll show. Well Boston PS has figured out how to keep her at bay, so students won’t miss school b/c of her. Article here.

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Article Highlights:

  • For many female students when they get their period, this is the reality: Lacking access to a pad or a tampon, they go home.
  • This, in turn, leads to days of missed classes, lower grades and ultimately, poorer education.
  • It’s an experience that is familiar to one in every five girls in the US.
  • And it’s an experience that Boston Public Schools wants to eliminate.
  • Beginning this fall, BPS will launch a pilot program to bring free menstrual supplies to schools teaching students in grades 6 through 12.

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  • A total of 77 BPS schools throughout the district will [be] affected.
  • Boston Mayor Martin Walsh:
    • “This pilot program is about equity in our schools, and among our young people.”
    • The products will first be available in the school nurses’ offices. After the pilot, teachers will also give out the products
  • Laura Perille, Interim BPS Superintendent: 
    • “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.”
    • “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 move follows similar laws launched last year in both New York and  Illinois which require schools serving grades 6 through 12 to provide free menstrual products in bathrooms. 
  • California also launched a similar law, but only for low-income middle and high schools.
  • Boston has been making strides to improve equity in its public schools.
    • In 2013, the district began offering free breakfast and lunch to students regardless of income.
    • Prior to the change, 78% of BPS students qualified for free or reduced meals due to their income status.

A Praise in my Spirit:

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Round of applause! 

This is an amazing thing Boston schools are doing. As a woman, I know how bad having your menses can be at times. Full disclosure: I didn’t realize that it could make you miss school. 🤦🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

I mean, I don’t know why… grown women call out of work sometimes, but I didn’t equate that to teenage girls in middle and high school. 

Okay, so I’m far removed from high school and I don’t have any daughters of my own just yet… but it just didn’t dawn on me. 🤦🏾‍♀️

In that respect, I’m going to make this simple: 🗣This is great‼ 

A Word of Advice:

download (1)Students need to be in school and this is the last thing that should keep them away from an education especially when it can be fixed by offering the necessary products in school. 

Hopefully, other schools where this is an issue can follow suit.