MEMBER for Barwon Roy Butler has growing concerns about the situation at Wee Waa High School, and is now considering applying pressure on the Department of Education to release what they know to the public.
This latest turn comes as a result of students being told to work from home if possible, after they again began to suffer mystery illnesses while learning in demountables that had been taken from the contaminated site.
The patience of teachers and parents at the school is now wearing increasingly thin.
Staff are frustrated, and the NSW Teachers Federation is demanding answers from the Department of Education (DoE).
"There has been some concern regarding the department's failure to explain some decisions that they've made," said deputy president Henry Rajendra.
"My understanding is there was movement of equipment from the contaminated site across to the temporary combined site, there was concerns about the ad-hoc nature of the cleaning program."
The buildings are undergoing a full environmental clean, which some are taking as confirmation the authorities are still not sure what the problem actually is, despite it being heavily reported that mould was to blame.
The latest plot twist has proved to be the final straw for some parents, who are now pulling their students out of not only the high school, but also the Wee Waa Public School where secondary students have been based since November.
This is due to fears the problem could jump from the demountables across the small quadrangle and affect the main buildings at Wee Waa Public School.
Mr Rajendra is joining Mr Butler's call for more transparency and believes teachers should be notified about the decision making process being used.
"Urgently the department needs tor provide a detailed explanation to teachers and all involved around decisions they've made," he said.
He also said and adequate amount of safe learning spaces need to be provided in the short term until a permanent solution is put into place.
Last year it was reported students and staff had been developing mystery illnesses, and they were subsequently moved until an explanation and solution were offered.
That day is yet to come, and pupils again began to fall ill earlier this year after items and demountables were moved from the high school to the public school site.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell has provided the following response to the mounting pressure being placed on the DoE.
"I am in constant communication with the Department of Education on the issues at Wee Waa High School," she said.
"I've asked for the community to be regularly updated on any developments and that support is provided to the Principals of both schools as they manage this challenge.
"Wee Waa High School Principal Annabel Doust is doing an excellent job supporting her staff, students and community during this time.
"The school provides information to the community whenever there is an update. In addition to regular cleans, the school will also receive a fortnightly environmental clean as a precaution.
"I have made it clear to the local community we are looking at options for a new high school on a new site, and a business case is currently with Treasury.
"A new school remains one of the options for Wee Waa High School as the health investigation into the reactions continues."
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