The closure of schools across the UK was announced by the Government last week, but it is now the subject of a public consultation, which will determine whether or not schools can continue to operate under current legislation.
The consultation is being held in conjunction with the UK Department for Education (DfE), which says it will not have the power to impose restrictions on schools and their staff, but the department is asking schools to inform the public if they would be willing to continue operating under current laws.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says schools can apply to have the closure of their buildings, including the building they occupy, taken care of through a local authority, and the local authority will decide whether the school is allowed to continue.
“The DfE is not in a position to change legislation.
However, it is clear that the existing legislation is not working for many families,” the DWP said in a statement.
“This consultation is designed to provide an opportunity for the community to give their views and help the Government to work out how to make sure schools can keep their facilities open.”
Schools across the country have been closed in recent weeks due to “health and safety concerns”, including a recent school closure in Dorset.
Schools in Wales were also forced to close due to a virus outbreak, which led to the closure in October of schools in the area.
Schools are currently in the process of closing their schools due to the outbreak.
The closure of the schools was the first to be announced by Prime Minister Theresa May following the announcement of the Government’s Brexit plan, which included the closure and closure of more than 20,000 schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It was the second major decision the Government made after it announced that schools in Northern Ireland will no longer be allowed to operate unless they receive an EU-wide contract.
Earlier this month, the DfT said it would be opening schools in areas where it could, and would be looking to “provide guidance” to local authorities on how to do so.