Kia ora whānau,
Please see the message below from MOE re bus users and mask wearing, I think we are all aware of this but have been asked to share with my community.
Changes to mask requirements on school transport
We encourage you to convey the following information about face masks to your students and their parents or caregivers.
Students in Year 4 and over
The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework and Other Matters) Amendment Order 2022 has been published.
From 11.59pm tonight 3 February 2022, all students aged eight years and over or are students in Year 4 and above legally must wear a mask on school transport (both Ministry and regional council-operated) and public transport services in the Red and Orange traffic light settings unless they have an exemption.
This includes SESTA, daily, technology, direct-resourced, and Māori-medium school transport services. It also includes charter buses hired by schools to transport students and staff.
The Government is also now requiring that a face covering must be an actual mask. This means that face coverings such as scarves, bandannas or t-shirts pulled up over the face are no longer allowed. As above, it is recommended that masks be a medical-grade mask.
Please note, while the school transport drivers are not required to enforce the wearing of masks, they will report any non-compliance to your school’s bus controller (noting that some students may be exempt from mask requirements for health and safety reasons). Schools are expected to manage any non-compliance just as they currently manage behavioural issues of school transport users.
As always, let me know if you have any questions,