Can I be fined if my kids don’t go to school in Tier 4 lockdown? – The Sun
PRIMARY schools across London and southeast England will remain closed to most pupils, yet elsewhere they are remaining open.
But can you keep your children home even if the schools have not closed because of Covid-19?
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Will I be fined for not sending my child to school?
Families who ignore the government's rules on their kid's education will be hit with a penalty unless they have a "good reason".
It is against the law to withhold your child from school, except for a small number of exceptions.
Under current laws, a local council can give each parent a fine of £60, which rises to £120 each if the fine is not paid within 21 days.
If the fine still remains unpaid after 28 days you may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We are prioritising children’s and young people’s education and wellbeing, by keeping nurseries, schools, colleges and universities open.
"The Chief and Deputy Chief Medical Officers have highlighted the risks of not being in education on their development and mental health.
“Schools should work with families to ensure children are attending full time. As usual, fines will sit alongside this, but only as a last resort and where there is no valid reason for absence."
What if my child needs to quarantine?
Children who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and those who have compromised immune systems are exempt from mandatory school attendance.
It's likely that schools will have electronic learning platforms already in place as schools were closed in March.
Since returning to school, students have formed bubbles in their year group and have been told to stay home when there has been an outbreak among pupils.
It is also strongly recommended that parents ensure their children's other vaccinations are up to date.
What have headteachers said about fining parents?
Headteachers unions, the Association of School and College Leaders, and the National Association of Head Teachers agreed it was right to prioritise keeping pupils in the classroom.
They called on ministers to be transparent about the risks to children, families and school staff.
The unions have called on the government to remove fines for parents who keep their children out of school, the Guardian reports.
NEU Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney insisted ONS data showed schools "are an engine for virus transmission".
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