This page provides the latest information released by the Department of Education in relation to Covid-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on education services.
For general health advice relating to Covid-19, please visit the Public Health Agency website.
Frequently asked questions
Free school meals - direct payment scheme
On 26 March the Minister for Communities and the Minister for Education announced plans to make sure families do not experience hardship as a result of schools closing. The direct payments scheme will ensure families eligible for free school meals will receive direct payments into bank accounts during the period of term time school closures due to Coronavirus.