Face coverings update from the Ministry of Education

By OBHS | Posted: Thursday August 27, 2020

There is emerging international evidence that the use of masks and face coverings can reduce the risk of infected people spreading COVID-19. Masks and face coverings can be particularly useful if there is a risk of undetected community transmission and people are in close proximity to each other, or are unable to physically distance.

Face coverings will therefore be required on public transport (buses, trains and commuter ferries) from 11.59pm on Sunday 30 August.

The key impact the new requirement will have on the school community is that students aged 12 and above will be required to wear a face covering when on public transport.

School transport is not included in this requirement. We know who is on school transport and have good systems in place to identify potential close contacts should there be a case. Children will also be staying away from school if they are unwell. Vehicles will be sanitised after each school run and drivers have been asked to wear face masks.