As we face these incredibly uncertain and challenging times, one thing is certain: periods will continue

The Red Box Project and Free Periods and have always fought to ensure that every young person has access to the period products that they need when they’re at school. But now schools are closing, perhaps for some time. 

We’re so relieved that phs have confirmed that they will continue to make deliveries of free period products to schools under the Department for Education scheme during the lockdown. 

We now need to ensure that all state-maintained schools and colleges in England continue to place orders and take steps to distribute essential period supplies to students at home (in a safe and appropriate way). 

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[GETTING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL OR COLLEGE]: our template letter is below:-

Dear [Headteacher/ Head of Pastoral Support],

Thank you, firstly, for all you are doing at this extraordinarily challenging time. It is appreciated so very much.

I wanted to get in touch to ask if you knew that the Department for Education’s free period products scheme is still running for all state-maintained schools and colleges in England? 

Phs Group (who run the scheme) have confirmed that they will continue to make deliveries of free period products to eligible schools and colleges, despite the lockdown. They can make these deliveries in a contactless way, and (if a particular school is closed) they can redirect deliveries to neighbouring schools. 

As you know, periods won’t stop even though schools are closed, so it is really important that young people who rely on accessing period supplies at their place of learning are not left without this support. Even if you have not placed an order under the scheme before, it is not too late to access free period supplies for our students.

I know that you would need to think carefully about how best to distribute these products to students in a safe and appropriate way, given the social distancing measures that are in place. One idea I have heard is that, for some schools, they could add period supplies to a delivery of provisions relating to free school meals. Alternatives could perhaps include a one-off collection at school by a parent/ carer or contactless deliveries to students’ homes. 

Guidance on the scheme and how to place orders is available from the Department for Education here. If you have any problems placing your order, you can call phs on 01827 255500.

Many thanks again for all that you are doing. 

Best wishes

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Guidance on the scheme and how to place orders is available from the Department for Education here. If you have any problems placing your order, you can call phs on 01827 255500.

Thank you for all of your support, especially those of you who were able to share our posts and write to your MP on this issue.

You really have made a difference.

Please do continue to shout out about this campaign – period products are a necessity and we need to ensure continued access to them, despite the lockdown.