Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No. 12) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Date published: 28 August 2020

The Department of Education has exercised the power provided under section 38(3)(c) and paragraph 17(1), (2)(a)(ii), (4)(a)  and (7) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 to issue a Notice to temporarily modify Article 58 (1)(a) and (5)(a) of the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986.  Notice No.12 will last for a period of 28 days from 1 September 2020 until 28 September 2020, unless the Department issues a cancellation notice before the end of that period.


Article 58(1)(a) and (5)(a) of the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986  (the 1986 Order) require the Education Authority (EA), trustees or Board of Governors of a voluntary grammar school (VG) and the Board of Governors of a grant‐maintained integrated (GMI) school to secure the provision of  milk, meals or other refreshment for pupils of such description as the Department may determine who are in attendance at their schools.

The purpose of this further temporary modification Notice is to enable the EA and individual VG/GMI schools to make food provision for pupils entitled to FSM who are unable to attend school due to Covid-19 restrictions and wish such provision. This is in addition to the existing provision for pupils in attendance at school.

It relates to a small number of pupils who are:

  • clinically vulnerable children where medical guidance is to refrain from school;
  • children who have tested positive for coronavirus disease and are self-isolating;
  • children in respect of whom a member of their household has tested positive for coronavirus disease with the result that they are required to self-isolate; and
  • children who are required to quarantine as a consequence of Coronavirus restrictions. 

Under paragraph 17 of Schedule 17 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 the Department is required to publish the notice and to take steps as the Department considers reasonable to bring the notice to the attention of those likely to be affected by it.

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