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Kent schools told to prepare for lockdown after a no-deal

SCHOOLS in Kent have been warned to expect closures and food shortages in the wake of a no-deal Brexit because border chaos could create giant traffic jams.

Guidance issued by the county council lists woes including ‘possible lockdowns’, disrupted exams and the arrival of more ‘unaccompanied asylum-seeking children’.

Air quality is likely to suffer because of traffic jams and the ‘impatience of drivers’ could worsen road safety, the six-page document warned. It said areas near the M20, M2 and A2 would be hardest hit, with ‘staff and pupil delays’ likely. It suggested schools encourage staff to walk or cycle to work.

Paul Luxmoore, chief executive of the Coastal Academies Trust, which runs five schools in east Kent, said: ‘We have quite a large number of staff who live outside Thanet and journeys to school might well be disrupted. How we are supposed to plan for this? God knows.’

But Trudy Dean, a Liberal Democrat councillor said: ‘Some of the issues do seem remote… I imagine the number of schools that will be affected by air quality will be relatively small.’