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Berryman also said he would contest the temporary suspension and that the school’s operation would not be disrupted.

“It’s just another piece of paper I have to work through,” he said. “It’s not everything and everything if I can not hold a math class.”

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino called Mr Berryman’s behavior “irresponsible” in the days after a COVID-19 cluster broke out at the school.

Berryman wrote to families at least twice during periods of distance learning this year, inviting them to send their children to school, arguing that the harm to children’s mental health was potentially serious, while the health risks of minors catching coronavirus were negligible.

“I can not in good conscience continue to ask that you keep your children at home,” he wrote in an email in June.

“You are welcome to send your child to school if you feel it is best for them or best for your family balance. I do not write easily as it is in breach of government directives imposed on schools. ”

More than 60 students, family and staff tested positive at Fitzroy Community School.

More than 60 students, family and staff tested positive at Fitzroy Community School.Credit:Eddie Jim

On Wednesday, Mr Berryman insisted he follow the rules on restricting on-site attendance to vulnerable children and children of allowed workers during the lockout, which began on 5 August.

“Every school is going to have a cluster; you just can not avoid it, ”he said.


More than 60 students were allowed on site at the small school of about 120 students in a few days before it became one of the largest COVID-19 exposure sites in the recent Delta eruption.

Sir. Berryman said Wednesday that three students were feeling unwell for a few days, but most were asymptomatic or experienced very mild symptoms. A few adults were sicker, he said.

“There was a school mother who was uncomfortable in bed for a few days and a partner of one of the teachers was feeling unwell,” he said.

There are more than 14,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, including more than 1,500 children under the age of 10, and the state recorded 11 deaths on Wednesday, the highest number so far this year.

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