Parents who take their kids for a half-term holiday to Spain will not face fines for missing school during quarantine on their return from the amber-listed country, it is reported.
The government feared that the quarantine process could have been ignored if fines were put in place for parents who took their children to Spain.
Instead online learning has been arranged to cover this, education sources have told The i.
Spain is expected to see a surge in Brit holidaymakers when it lifts restrictions for UK travellers on Monday and half-term starts next Friday, May 28.
As an amber-listed country, government advice is that people should not be travelling to Spain for holidays.
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But thousands of holidaymakers have already booked flights to Spain along with other favourite spots like France, Italy and Greece.
All are on the amber list which means people should self-isolate for 10 days on their return to the UK.
At the same time worried teachers say that more home-schooling will have a serious impact on children, who have already missed months out of the classroom.
The option of home schooling is part of a grey area to prevent fines and the potential for quarantine to be ignored.
Government rules state that parents can be fined £60 each if their children miss school without good reason and it rises to £120 if there is a delay in payment.
School teachers and governing bodies are also worried about the threat of the virus spreading if children do not follow quarantine rules.
The Association of School and College Leaders urged families to not go on holiday to countries on the amber list.
Julie McCulloch, ASCL’s director of policy, told inews: “The Government has been quite clear in its instructions that people travelling to countries on the Department of Transport amber list will need to quarantine for a period of ten days after returning to England.
“Tempting as it might be for parents to consider a half-term break in the sunshine, doing so in a country currently on the amber list could have severe implications for their school and college-age children.
“Having to quarantine for ten days would almost certainly result in students missing part or all of the first week back at school or college after the half-term holiday and, depending when they arrive back, as much as a week and a half.”