Members please find attached to theĀ links below, the most recent letter to schools from the Education Minister and updated FAQs.

I would remind you all that schools must only accept pupils when then can safely offer childcare in schools and strictly follow the guidance on safe distancing issued by the Public Health Agency.

The new letter from Minister Weir reminds schools of the need to work together to develop cluster/hub arrangements as so many schools are accommodating very small numbers of pupils. When clusters are developed NIPSA expects and today reminded the Department of Education and Education Authority that the staff providing the childcare must be equally balanced between teaching and non-teaching staff. If your school has no pupils then it should close and you should go home.

The hubs will be developed at local level and should ensure that all staff are required less frequently.

Alan Law
Assistant Secretary (Acting)