Expectations on wearing face masks during school
The expectation is that face masks for students (and staff) is recommended but not compulsory. It is an individual choice for whanāu and will be respected. If a student chooses to wear a face mask they should supply & wear their own. It is also optional on school buses to wear face masks. However, it is worth noting that when using public services (buses, public places etc), wearing a facemask is mandatory, so whanāu should prepare accordingly.
It is also worth noting that schools have exemptions for most of the rules for gatherings, wearing of face masks and physical distancing. This is due to schools being managed environments where people are there to receive, provide or support education services.