Free period product dispensers placed at Hillcrest Junior High

May 25, 2022, 3:45 PM
Free period products in Utah public and carter schools....
Gail Miller, front center, shakes hands with Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, front left, after she and Gov. Spencer Cox ceremonially signed HB162 at Hillcrest Junior High in Murray on Thursday, April 14, 2022. HB162 requires Utah public schools to stock free period products in all female or unisex restrooms in elementary, middle and high schools. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)
(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Students, educators, and advocates gathered at Hillcrest Junior High on Wednesday to celebrate the rollout of Utah’s free period product dispensers in schools.

The pilot program is a result of  H.B. 162, which required local school boards and charter school governing boards to offer free period products in certain restrooms in K-through-12 public and charter classrooms in Utah. 

The bill passed the state legislature unanimously.

The period product dispensers are starting as a pilot program in the Murray School District. Murray School District Superintendent Jennifer Covington said when kids don’t have access to period products, they might stay home or not participate as much.

“Not all of our students come from homes or situations where buying period products is an option,” Covington said. “And so they have to stay home.

“This impacts what we do every day with these students. We want them here in our school. We want to be able to remove barriers. This is how we’re doing it.’

A 9th grader at Hillcrest said she hopes that having these period dispensers in schools will help destigmatize periods.

“Providing an environment that it’s normal to have a period,” she said, “and if accidents do happen, it’s okay.”

Multiple students at Hillcrest Junior High said they had missed class before or had problems at school because they were on their period.

Two foundations are paying for the period product dispensers. And the state has allocated one-time funds for the actual products.

However, once the funds have run out, the schools and districts will have to buy the period products themselves at a rate that is discounted by the state.

Waverly Golden contributed to this report.

Related Stories:

Today’s Top Stories


The Book of Mormon Art Catalog offers users a variety of ways to conduct specific searches and to b...
Devin Oldroyd

Book of Mormon digital visual art catalog launches Monday

A digital catalog of visual art inspired by the Book of Mormon became available on Oct. 3. It features more than 2,000 pieces.
1 day ago
u of u student arrested...
Waverly Golden

Other paths to consider when thinking about attending college

Following the student loan forgiveness announcement, college is on everyone's mind. Dave Noriega takes an in-depth look at the alternatives.
3 days ago
An electronic sign on the campus of the University of Utah was seen displaying pornography today....
Becky Bruce

Slight increase in crime on U of U campus from previous year, report says

There has been a slight increase in crime on campus over the previous year, according to a report released Friday by the University of Utah.
4 days ago
US President Joe Biden announces student loan relief on August 24, 2022 in the Roosevelt Room of th...
Betsy Klein and MJ Lee, CNN

Biden administration kicks off student loan debt forgiveness process

The Biden administration began its efforts aimed at student loan forgiveness on Thursday.
4 days ago
cline alpine board...
Lindsay Aerts

At Alpine school board meeting, Natalie Cline claims district allows porn in classrooms

Whether Cline, from the Utah Board of Education, can speak at the Alpine district meeting (where she doesn't reside) was questioned.
5 days ago
The wafer with the etched Book of Mormon on it, made by BYU students...
Samantha Herrera

BYU engineering students put ‘world’s smallest Book of Mormon’ on 4 inch disc

The entirety of the Book of Mormon is now on display on a gold-plated 4-inch disc in the Clyde Building at BYU. It'll last millions of years.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Free period product dispensers placed at Hillcrest Junior High