Parents in Northern Ireland: Latest coronavirus guidance from Education Minister Peter Weir

23 March 2020
In order to ensure consistency of message on the guidance for schools, parents/​carers we will continue to share with you updates from the Department of Education NI, the Education Minister and the NI Executive.

The Minister of Education Peter Weir confirmed today, We want to keep the number of children looked after in school to a minimum, however, we will open up a limited number of schools to ensure key workers are able to remain in work to help fight the virus for all of us.”

The overall key messages are:

  • If you are not a key worker, don’t send your child to school
  • If you child is medically vulnerable, don’t send your child to school
  • If you are self-isolating, don’t send your child to child
  • If you can make alternative arrangements to look after you children though a partner, relative or other means, don’t send your child to school
  • If you work part time, you must only use the service the hours you need
  • If you can work from home, do so
  • Childcare in the school will be available 9am to 3pm
  • No home to school transport will be provided

CCEA statement on Ofqual’s announcement 3 April 2020.

See the arrangements for GCSE and A‑Level exams announced 16 April 2020.