New arrangements for school children’s visits – October/February half term and Christmas

We know that parents have contacted us with concerns, raising issues about school children’s visits and complications caused by COVID-19 regulations.  

AFF has been ensuring that evidence from families has been fed back to policy makers.  

The MOD has now reviewed its policy on school children’s visits (SCVs) to give increased flexibility over the October and February half terms and Christmas.  

At Christmas, families will now be able to make a reverse SCV where travel overseas for the child is impracticable due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, or because airlines are not offering an unaccompanied minors’ service.   

Subsistence for any mandatory self-isolation period is also now permitted subject to conditions set out in the MOD letter (see below). This applies to both the October 2020 and February 2021 half terms and Christmas 2020 end of term school holidays as well as to any mandatory self-isolation associated with school closures during term time. 

Further details are in the MOD letter here. We understand that the letter may not cover everything that families have questions about, so please do get in touch with AFF’s Money & Allowances Specialist on if you have further concerns.


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