A Melbourne school principal has denied encouraging parents to go against health advice as Victorian health officials investigate if students were told to come in during lockdown.
There are now 31 coronavirus cases linked to the Fitzroy Community School, with Health Minister Martin Foley claiming the school, in the city’s inner north, had a “history when it comes to sailing pretty close” to the Chief Health Officer’s COVID-19 directions.
Principal Tim Berryman said he kept the school open as he believes all schools should be, but clarified that he did not encourage students to come in against health advice.
“I don’t know if I would have said I encouraged children to come to school,” Mr Berryman told Today.
“The way I could be perceived to have done that was I offered full classroom teaching to all those who came on site.
“Now, I also offered a full day of remote learning to those who weren’t on site.”