The Washington State Board of Health (BOH) must adopt rules controlling public health related to environmental conditions in public facilities, including schools.
The BOH rules require adequate, conveniently located toilet and hand-washing facilities for students and employees. At hand-washing facilities, soap and single-service towels or warm air dryers must be provided. Toilet paper must be available, conveniently located adjacent to each toilet fixture. Toilet and hand-washing facilities must be accessible for use during school hours and scheduled events.
"Institutions of higher education" are defined as:
By the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, school districts, private K-12, schools, charter schools, and state-tribal compact schools must make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in all gender-neutral bathrooms and bathrooms designated for female students located in schools serving students in grades 6–12. If a school building serving grades 6–12 does not have a gender-neutral bathroom, then the products must also be available in at least one bathroom accessible to male students or in a school health room accessible to all students. Schools that serve students in grades 3–5 must make menstrual hygiene products available in a school health room or other location as designated by the school principal. Public and private institutions of higher education must also make these products available.
Menstrual hygiene products must include sanitary napkins, tampons, or similar items.
The educational entities must bear the cost of supplying these products. They may seek grants or partner with nonprofit or community-based organizations to fulfill this obligation.
July 25, 2021