FCPS to put pads in girls restrooms

Suad Mohamed, Co-Editor in Chief

In the past, students who needed a pad during the school day had to go to nurse in the clinic.

This meant having to leave class, go down to the nurse, get a pad, go to the bathroom, and then go to class. This process can take a very long time, and some are too embarrassed to go through with it.

Now, FCPS schools are working to put pads in girls bathrooms for easier access.

The plan began in Justice HS. The school’s Girl Up club, which promotes gender equality, decided to stock the school’s 13 bathrooms with menstrual products.

Soon enough, the FCPS School Board took notice and opened up a committee.

The committee then decided that this action needed to be taken up at all schools in the county.
The plan is all about accessibility.

One box of pads can cost anywhere from $10 to $25.

This adds up to a cost of more than $2,000 over a woman’s lifetime, according to the Huffington Post.
Because they are so expensive, some people may not be able to afford them.

Cheaper alternatives, like toilet paper, are not as effective and can lead to health issues.

Putting pads in all school bathrooms prevents this issue and ensures that no girl has to go through any embarrassment when they need a pad.