May 22, 2018 Requirement to Provide Students with Feminine Hygiene Products
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
We are writing to advise you of the recent enactment of New York Public Health Law Section 267, which takes effect on July 1, 2018.
The new law requires that all elementary and secondary public schools in the State serving students in any grade from grades six through 12 provide feminine hygiene products in school restrooms at no charge to students. Although the law is silent with respect to which bathrooms are subject to the new requirement, the State Education Department (“SED”) has advised that the law is limited to girls’ bathrooms and unisex bathrooms that female students may use.
According to SED, public school districts, in consultation with their school nurse or medical director, must determine the type of feminine hygiene product(s) to make available. The law does not provide funding for these purchases.
If you have questions about this new law, please contact Lauren Schnitzer or one of our other attorneys by calling 631-694-2300.
THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
© Lamb & Barnosky, LLP 2018