With the coronavirus closing schools in Italy, France and the US, many British parents are also opting to keep their children at home – and even taking on the challenge of teaching them.
And people attempting to homeschool their children for the first time have been posting online about their newfound appreciation for the people who normally do the job day in, day out.
Roger MacGinty, a professor at Durham University, tweeted: "I am 30 minutes into home schooling my 6 year old. I suggest that all school teachers are paid £1m per year from now on.”
His tweet has been shared over 25,000 times, and led many other people to share their own home-schooling woes.
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Rachel Greaves replied: "Agreed. 6yo and 9yo home today. I now remember what an isosceles triangle is; boats were designed, built, decorated and floated; three whole sentences were written and illustrated; a few arguments and a few more muttered swears under my breath. I’m tired."
I am 30 minutes into home schooling my 6 year old. I suggest that all school teachers are paid £1m per year from now on.— Roger Mac Ginty (@rogermacginty) March 16, 2020
Joe Plant wrote: "I knocked up a timetable this morning. 30 mins yoga (thanks YouTube) followed by an hour of math. Went brilliantly.
"The subsequent lesson of writing however has become lego building & I'm now trying to do some work whilst critiquing lego dogs. Lunchtime will be 3 hrs."
Another frustrated mother moaned: "It takes my child 20 minutes to write one word. Hours for me to recover."
Responding directly to MacGinty's original Tweet, one user agreed that teachers are undervalued, and underpaid for what they do.
The user wrote: "Teaching 25-35 students in one classroom.
"Providing supplies for 20-25 of those students, providing snacks daily, teaching hygiene, building self esteem, communication, compassion, empathy and understanding.
"On $35,000 a year."
On Monday, UK education secretary Gavin Williamson announced that schools should send home pupils who have a continuous cough or fever.
Information from the government says all educational settings should remain open unless directly advised to close by Public Health England, despite mounting anger from parents.
Earlier on Monday morning on LBC, Professor Jonathan Carapetis, director of the Telethon Kids Institute and a paediatrician in Perth, told James O’Brien that it is risky to close schools at this time mainly due to the fact that children are “often cared for by grandparents who are at the highest risk".