Especially not so his daughter’s Catholic primary school, St Mark’s in Fawkner, can get an advance on its federal funding.
“I’d be uncomfortable sending them without a health recommendation that it is all OK to go ahead from both federal and state level,” Mr Dalla Rosa said.
He would love to see a return to normality as soon as possible having been stood down without pay from his own job at an AFL club.
But he said he felt as though non-government schools were being called on to make a “knee-jerk” decision. He is also unconvinced a sudden reversal of remote learning routines is in the students’ best interests.
“There was a lot of work done by the schools to get students ready for online learning,” he said. “To now quickly try and reverse that within the space of a couple of weeks, I wonder whether it will put the kids’ learning in jeopardy, and their overall wellbeing.”
Forty-five minutes’ drive north up the Hume Highway in Kilmore, Caroline Tomkins has also been surprised by how well her two daughters have adapted to being taught remotely.
Ms Tomkins has juggled working from home with supervising her daughters’ education, one at Assumption College and one at St Patrick’s Primary, but says the task has been manageable.
“The work has been on par with what they would be doing at school, they’re not doing extra work outside of hours, and there is less distraction than there would be in the classroom,” she said.
The lockdown has also brought the family closer together, giving them time to make smoothies and run with the dog during study breaks.
“As a family, we’ve grown a lot from this experience,” she said.
She also doesn’t feel confident about ending the lockdown and returning to school in the next few weeks.
Victoria’s situation is not the same as some other states where few new cases of COVID-19 are emerging. The decision on when to reopen classrooms for all students should reflect this, Ms Tomkins said.
“If that was the case here I would say ‘yeah, that’s not a problem’, but because there are new cases popping up, I don’t feel at ease, even just myself being out and about in public.”
Adam Carey is Education Editor. He joined The Age in 2007 and has previously covered state politics, transport, general news, the arts and food.