Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday in the House of Commons that school closures updates will come “imminently.”
The Prime Minister said in the Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions, “I want to pay particular tribute not just to our amazing NHS but also to our teachers and anybody who works in our schools for everything they’ve done to keep our schools going during this difficult crisis so far.
“Of course, we will do everything we can to remove burdens on schools and Ofsted is one, in particular, we can address.
“The House should expect further decisions to be taken imminently on schools and how to make sure we square the circle both of making sure we stop the spread of the disease but also that we make sure we relieve pressure on our NHS.”
Lib Dem MP Layla Moran warned of the “consequences” in closing schools as many rely on free school meals and there will be disruption on those preparing for their exams.
Moran told Sky News: “Looking at the modelling that was released yesterday it does seem like it is almost going to become an inevitability but it makes it very clear in those models that there are other consequences to closing schools.
“While on the one hand, we worry about the students who are about to take their exams.
“Will schools have the resources to be able to do online teaching?
“What about the vulnerable students who rely on schools for free school meals?
“The other impact is on the NHS workers who rely on schools to be able to look after children.
“In my view, I think we have now come to the point where we would rather be safe than sorry.
“I would certainly support closing schools and universities so long as we have taken the time to plan.”
Many schools have already closed their gates and ignored the government’s advice, and special needs schools either have closed or are now set to close next week.
The government further announced on Wednesday in the Commons that emergency legislation is to be put in place to protect those who could face eviction if they cannot pay their rent.