Last year, the state of California passed a new Ed Code law that went into effect this school year requiring Title I (low income) public schools to provide feminine hygiene products in at least 50% of the restrooms on campus. Research has shown that girls who come from low-income homes are likely to miss school several days each month due to their family's inability to afford these products. The state will reimburse schools for these products. While this is not something I have experience with since I teach the little kids, I have several colleagues in the upper grades who purchase these products, along with other hygiene products like deodorant to help out their students who need them. So while this requirement may seem trivial, there certainly is a need for it, hoping to keep kids in school.
As with most things in public education, passing the law seems like the easy part. Actually implementing the plan isn't always easy. Our facilities department was tasked with putting the storage containers with the product into the restrooms. Facilities is known for showing up to work on a project and leaving before anyone ever sees them, but the project isn't always executed correctly. We have three multi-stall girls' restrooms on campus. There is one in the main building, one in the breezeway between the main building and the playground, and one in the new building. Facilities put those containers in the main building and the breezeway restrooms. The only problem is the upper grade students don't use the restroom in the main building. The main building houses kindergarten and first grade classes only, and therefore the restroom in there is for those kids. The new building houses all the 3rd-6th grade classes, and that building's restroom didn't get any containers. And since the teachers are always the last to know about anything, the only reason we were aware of the new products was because the first graders found them. Upon the daily cleaning by the custodian, it would seem the little girls thought of them as good wall decor items as he found them stuck all over the walls. A work colleague of mine recounted when a couple of his first grade girls came back from a restroom trip with them stuck to their hands and clothes, proudly announcing to the class that there were "stickers in there!". Their innocence is so cute! Imagine going through your life thinking they are stickers and then finding out what they are really for.
Anyhow, since then, the product has been removed from the main building's restroom and put into the new building and a quick information meeting between the district nurse and the upper grade girls has been scheduled. Both good plans, but thankfully they were put in the wrong place to start or we never would have been able to laugh about the 'stickers".