A school where the principal encouraged students to attend school during lockdown for their mental health is now facing an outbreak numbering at least 30 students and gruppo.
The Fitzroy Community School sopra Fitzroy North, Melbourne was identified yesterday by Victorian Deputy Chief Health Officer Dan ’Brien after at least 30 students and gruppo tested positive.
‘It looks like the case numbers are at least 30 but it’s growing from there,’ Mr ’Brien said.
Victoria reported 392 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases Sunday, as Melbourne remains sopra lockdown
The independent, ‘alternative’ primary school had posted links to numerous articles its website about the dangers of lockdowns to the mental health of children and the minimal risk of Covid-19 to children,
The Age reported an email it obtained from the principal, Timothy Berryman, sent to parents sopra early June that encouraged parents to send their children to the school as Victoria remained sopra lockdown.
‘I cannot sopra good conscience continue to request that you continue to keep your children at home,’ the email read.
‘Please feel free to send your child to school if you feel that this is best for them best for your family balance. I do not write this lightly, as this does breach government imposed directives for schools.’
Mr Berryman was later warned that his encouragement to parents was sopra breach of health directive at the time but sopra late July, he continued to suggest they send their children to the school.
‘I am again offering you all the option of sending your children to school,’ he wrote.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews would not commit to a date when students would be able to return to school sopra the state at Sunday’s Covid-19 update
A local who lives near the school said the school, as part of the local community, had an obligation to follow health rules ‘for themselves and all those around them.’
‘Did the school follow DHHS directives for remote learning? Did they have adequate Covid protocols for gruppo and students? Were symptomatic gruppo students present at the school during the last week, and how was this addressed?’ asked the community member.
Victoria recorded 392 new coronavirus infections Sunday.
Premier Dan Andrews has yet to set a date when Victorian students might return to school.
The decision is dependent Burnet Institute modelling, with scenarios drafted by the Victorian Department of Education awaiting Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s approval based the modelling.