Department of Education releases on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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 heath advice relating to Covid-19, please visit the Public Health Agency website.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

FAQs for schools opening for children of key workers - 24 March 2020

FAQs for free school meals payment scheme - 31 March 2020

 

KEY WORKERS SUPPORT SERVICE

Key workers seeking to place their child in a school other than the normal establishment should contact the Education Authority who are providing a support service to facilitate placements. Contact details and an on-line form can be found on the EA website at https://www.eani.org.uk/key-workers

 

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.

Information on direct payments scheme for families eligible for free school meals

FAQs for free school meals payment scheme - 31 March 2020

Ministers take action in relation to Free School Meals payment - 26 March 2020

 

SCHOOLS OPEN FOR SUPERVISED LEARNING

Schools open for supervised learning of key workers' children and vulnerable children in educational settings - 7 April 2020

Schools open for supervised learning of key workers children and vulnerable children in educational settings - 6 April 2020

Schools open for supervised learning of key workers' children and vulnerable children - 3 April 2020

Schools open for supervised learning of key workers' children and vulnerable children - 2 April 2020

Schools open for supervised learning of key workers' children and vulnerable chidlren - 1 April 2020

 

INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE FOR EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS

Letter from Minister of Education - Vulnerable Children and Young People - 8 April 2020

Implementing social distancing in educational settings - 3 April 2020

Guidance to schools on cluster arrangements - 31 March 2020

Letter from Minister of Education to schools on cluster arrangements - 31 March 2020

Letter from Education Minister to education sector - 24 March 2020

Education Minister’s update on school closures – 23 March 2020

Statement from Education Minister on Covid-19 response – 20 March 2020

Letter from Permanent Secretary Derek Baker to principals – 20 March 2020

Letter from Education Minister to education sector – 19 March 2020

Education Minister releases guidance for educational settings – 16 March 2020

Latest guidance on Covid-19 (coronavirus) - 25 February 2020

 

NOTICES MADE UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS ACT 2020

Notice temporarily disapplying or modifying education duties No.2 (Northern Ireland) 2020 – 3 April 2020

Notice temporarily disapplying or modifying education duties No.1 (Northern Ireland) 2020 - 1 April 2020

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