Central Okanagan School District office on Hollywood Road in Kelowna. (File)

Central Okanagan school board approves policy to make menstrual products available for students

The policy was approved at a board meeting Wednesday night

It will now be easier for students to access menstrual products in Central Okanagan Public Schools.

On Wednesday night, the Central Okanagan Board of Education approved a new policy that will provide the health products free of charge in washrooms at all local public schools.

READ MORE: Okanagan school district happy to make menstruation products more available

The decision follows a ministerial order issued by the B.C. government last April that stated all B.C. public schools must provide students menstrual products by the end of 2019. There are currently 43 schools located in the Central Okanagan school district.

The motion to adopt the policy was moved by school trustee Lee-Ann Tiede and seconded by trustee Julia Fraser during the board meeting.

Despite the approval, the district has already been providing the health products in certain schools since last April.

According to Plan International Canada, 33 per cent of women in the country have struggled to buy menstrual products for themselves or their dependants at some point in their life.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police search for suspect in early-morning assault downtown Kelowna

Kelowna police received a report a woman had been assaulted by an unknown man on July 12

Kelowna glider pilot crashes in the Columbia Valley

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the circumstances of the crash

$10,000 to support LGBTQIA2S+ youth in the Okanagan

The endowment has been provided by the First West Foundation

Police keep eye on motorbike gang in Kelowna for poker run

The Throttle Lockers Motorcycle Club Poker Run was to have taken place on July 11

COVID-19 exposure on Kelowna flight

Interior Health has capacity to test individuals who need it, but is reminding everyone that testing is not required for those who do not have symptoms

B.C. records 62 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths since Friday

Province has just over 200 active cases

Summerland approves solar project

Despite community opposition, council voted 4-3 for Cartwright Mountain location

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Two positive COVID-19 cases at Oliver farm

The risk of exposure to the general public related to this farm is considered to be low

Oliver Town Hall closed to public as staffer displays COVID-19 symptoms

One staff member at Oliver Town Hall is being tested for coronavirus

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

Horoscopes for the week of July 13

Weekly horoscopes by Morgan Fava

Prohibited driver ticketed after rollover on Highway 1 near Salmon Arm

Jeep Cherokee hit rock face before rolling multiple times

Most Read