A classroom block in Melbourne’s north will be demolished following an asbestos scare. 

In late February, water damaged carpet had ground down asbestos flooring and exposed the Essendon North Primary Grade 1 classrooms to a “small pile” of debris. 

Children were evacuated but it was later given clearance by the Department of Education, and parents are furious their potentially contaminated bags were returned to them. 

In the meantime, the classroom will be demolished and teachers will receive asbestos training. 

“To support school staff, the Department has organised asbestos awareness and management training to be provided by occupational hygienists at the school today to ensure staff members are trained to recognise and respond to any risks,” a spokeswoman said.

“The training will cover asbestos-related risks, as well as an overview of requirements for managing asbestos containing material in schools.”