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

Frequently asked questions

FAQs for schools opening for children of key workers - 30 April 2020

FAQs for parents in relation to the Covid-19 response - 21 April 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.  

On completion of the relevant application form, the Education Authority will appoint a caseworker to assist key workers with finding a school or pre-school in a suitable location, if their usual school/pre-school is not open.

Contact details and an on-line placement request form can be found on the EA website(external link opens in a new window / tab) (external link opens in a new window). 

Coronavirus National Testing Programme for key workers

Schools open for supervised learning

An interactive map(external link opens in a new window / tab) displaying schools open for supervised learning can be accessed on the Education Authority website.

Registered clusters

When a school clustering arrangement has been agreed the central liaison contact/leader in charge should register the C-19 Cluster with DE/EA by completing a short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C-19clusters.

A list of schools providing supervised learning as part of a registered clustering arrangement can be accessed here.

Please note that within Registered C-19 Clusters some schools may not be open. Please refer to the interactive map of open schools for further information

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

 

Information and guidance for educational settings

Guidance on vulnerable children and young people - 10 April 2020

Letter from Minister of Education - Safer Schools app - 10 April 2020

Joint Ministerial announcement on emergency childcare provision - 9 April 2020

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 - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.6) Free School Meals Direct Payments (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No 4) - Notice (Nothern Ireland) 2020 

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.3) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.2) Cancellation Notice (Northern Ireland) 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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