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Menstrual Equity Law in Connecticut Public Schools

A new Connecticut law requires schools to offer free menstrual products to all students in 3rd through 12th grade. The intention of the law is to address period poverty, meaning the struggle to purchase period products due to lack of income. The law encompasses elementary, middle, and high schools, with the goal of promoting period equity and dignity for all menstruating students, so that they can fully participate in school life without shame or stigma. The purpose of this guidance, issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) in accordance with the menstrual equity legislation, is to support schools, students, and communities in implementing the requirements of the law, with recommendations to ensure that no student experiences stigma or shame in accessing menstrual products regardless of gender, ability, language, or socioeconomic status.