(File photo)

Kelowna readers react to provincial funding for menstrual products in Okanagan schools

The B.C. government announcement came with $300,000 in funding for the 60 school districts

Readers were passionate about a Capital News story “Okanagan school district happy to make menstruation products more available” that was posted on Facebook April 5.

Central Okanagan Public Schools may have been surprised by the B.C. governments release that tampons and pads must be free and available at all B.C. schools next year, but they’re not at all perturbed.

READ MORE: Dragon’s money is for education, says Lotus Liner entrepreneur JB Owen

“We’ve always had them available,” said chairperson Moyra Baxter. “We’re happy to do it, we do acknowledge that they might not have been that easy (to get) for all students.”

“They should be more easily available, so (students) can go get them when they need them.

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

Jason Kendrick: So after some research, I found a study they did four years ago of 18 milliCanadianian women ages 12 to 49 that they published in the woman’s magazine chatelaine that found the average woman only needs to spend $50 to $65 dollers a year if you buy generic tampons and pads. So my question how is this unaffordable when the average price then was around $6 per month even if prices have gone up in the last four years $10 per month for the same generic products? And how many of thoes girls that will use the service or parents of said girls spend more than that a month on makup?

Charla Boonstoppel: Jason Kendrick sadly there will be girls who use these free products through the school just because they are there and waste a bunch of money… but for the girls whose parents are not providing for them, this will make a huge difference. I think they had better lock the supplies up so a guidance counselling has to be asked or something because otherwise like I said girls will just grab all this stuff because it’s there even if their parents are buying it for them already.

Jenn Wish: I would just like to point out that when you have blood oozing down your legs the last thing you want to do is walk to the office to ask for something when it could be provided in a bathroom!

Kerry Ostafew Morris: I agree Jenn. I know I wouldn’t ask and my daughter has called me to drive stuff to school for her because she’s embarrassed to ask. Especially in middle school/ elementary school I can see too many wanting to go ask at the office. Nevermind in an emergency.

READ MORE: B.C. schools must provide free tampons, pads to students by end of year

READ MORE: Study aims to help women with painful periods


edit@kelownacapnews.com

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

Summer arrives at Big White Ski Resort

Hiking, bike trails, restaurants and more are open as of July 10

COVID-19 cases identified in Kelowna, after public gatherings

Those who were downtown or at the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 maybe have been exposed to COVID-19.

Pianos return to Kelowna parks

The Pianos in Parks program was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Certain crimes increased in Peachland during pandemic

Theft from vehicles, vehicle incidents, and break and enters have increased during the pandemic

UPDATE: YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read