Responding to news that schools in the UK will close indefinitely from Friday, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran Said:
“This is welcome clarity from the Education Secretary. Our teachers are doing selfless work and will rise up to whatever challenges come next. But now that schools are closing their doors, Ministers must take urgent action to minimise disruption to learning and protect vulnerable children.
“I am glad that the Government has listened to my calls that children on free school meals must not go hungry. A national voucher scheme is the right approach, but the Government must not forget pupils just above the poverty line and ensure all students have the resources they need to study at home. For those still at school, canteens must remain open so that vulnerable children can still access what could be their only hot meal of the day.
“We cannot leave any child behind. Liberal Democrats will keep pushing the Government for answers so that, whilst schools may close their doors, the opportunities for children after this crisis remain open.”
Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:
“Staff and pupil safety must be a priority. The scale of the coronavirus pandemic means that school closures were inevitable. This is another serious but essential intervention to slow down the spread of the disease.
“Schools now need answers about what services they will be expected to provide to those children who remain in their care. The Government must make clear who they count as vulnerable. The list so far of children with a social worker or severe special educational needs leaves out too many children who could otherwise fall into crisis."