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Safeguarding our children's futures

March 20, 2020 6:02 PM
By Layla Moran MP
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Layla MoranToday millions of students are leaving the schools gates for an indefinite period to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. What a concerning and worrying time we are in.

Today millions of students are leaving the schools gates for an indefinite period to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Already, many universities have closed their campuses and moved to online teaching.

I was a teacher and member of a senior leadership team. My mind boggles with the logistical challenge facing our education system, especially with nowhere near enough information from the government.

I welcome the news about safeguarding the vulnerable and continuing to teach children of key workers but I want to ensure no one falls through the cracks.

All teachers, parents, guardians and students will experience these closures differently. Will you take a few minutes to let me know how they're affecting you and your family, as well as anything you think I should raise with the government?

Let me know ➜

Everyone working in our schools deserves our gratitude. I've asked the Government to support supply teachers, who risk losing their entire income. We also need clear advice and resources to be made available to students and their families as soon as possible.

As an MP, I've been trying to strike the right balance between supporting the Government's need to act quickly in a crisis, while raising issues when needed. But our members have an important part to play as our Party's eyes and ears.

If you have any experience or concerns regarding the forthcoming school, nursery, sixth form, college and university closures please fill in this form: https://digitallibdems.typeform.com/to/HJcilA

The more I know about what is happening on the ground, the more I can press for the most vulnerable children and young people to be protected and for the right information to be given to schools and parents.

I'm determined to do all I can to safeguard our children's futures alongside our nation's health.

Please look after yourself and one another.