Period Equity in the UGDSB
What is Period Equity?
Period Equity is a movement that refers to making sure that all people who menstruate are able to access menstrual products for free and with dignity. It is a movement that recognizes the financial burden placed on people who menstruate by ensuring products are available for all who require them.
Why is the UGDSB investing in this initiative?
Our school district recognizes the inequity placed on people who menstruate and the additional challenges presented to the same people who may be living with limited access to funds and/or transportation, both of which are required to purchase menstrual products. This initiative is part of a collective approach to ensuring we continue to raise awareness and support inclusion and acceptance in various ways throughout our board.
UGDSB Vision Statement
Students will attain individual excellence through dynamic programming provided by an effective staff and supported by a committed community. We will meet our students’ diverse needs through the provision of equitable and accessible resources. Our learning environment will be characterized by empowered administrators, effective communication and mutual compassionate respect.
We believe that:
- Student learning is our focus
- The learning process is open-ended
- Education is a community responsibility
- Embracing diversity contributes to community
- Teachers make a significant difference
- Leaders must focus on students
- Continuous professional development supports life-long learning
- A commitment to values guides activities
- A safe physical environment needs to be sustained
- A respectful learning environment fosters personal growth
- Opportunities and resources need to be equitably distributed
- Everyone should be treated with respect
How does this program work?
In partnership with various departments and staff in the UGDSB, this program began with an opportunity to understand the inequities that exist for people who menstruate.
Through a generous donation from the Upper Grand Learning Foundation, there are accessible machines that dispense free menstrual products in every “For Use by All” single stall washroom in all of our UGDSB secondary schools. The machines are currently being installed and filled in all elementary schools with grade 7 & 8 students.
Machines and products are currently in place in all “For Use By All” single stall washrooms so that all students, staff and community members can access the products regardless of age, ability, sex, gender or status in the school. Machines will be stocked regularly.
Will products be available in all UGDSG locations?
Moving forward, the UGDSB will extend free period products to remaining K-6 schools.