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
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).
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.
A weekly release of management information relating to attendance at educational settings is available on the DE website.
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.
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 and guidance for educational settings
Notices made under the Coronavirus Act 2020