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B.C. independent schools plan to discuss free menstrual products for students

Last Updated Apr 10, 2019 at 12:11 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Less than a week after the provincial government announced pads and tampons will have to be in washrooms in public schools by the end of the year, independent schools are looking at making the same move.

A meeting is planned for the end of the month to discuss the subject among associations representing about 320 schools in B.C.

Anecdotally, the executive director of the Federation of Independent School Associations says he knows many schools already provide free pads and tampons.

However, Shawn Chisholm says the associations will be gathering to talk about taking stock of where they are.

“So once we collect that data and see where we are in independent schools, we’ll have that discussion and then we’ll make our proposals to government,” he explains.

“We’ll start seeing what’s happening at independent schools and revealing where we’re at there and then looking to a response from government in supporting what they’re trying to do.”

Chisholm adds independent schools were not told about last week’s announcement ahead of time.