The Northern Ireland Executive announced on the 18th of February that primary school pupils in year 1-3 will return to full time face-to-face learning on the 8th of March. Secondary pupils in key exam years (year groups 12 to 14) are due to return to school on 22nd March. P1-P3 pupils will subsequently revert to remote learning for one week on that date to minimise the impact on infection rates of years 12 to 14 returning.
Pupils in years 4-7 in primary schools and years 8-11 in secondary schools are likely to return to school at the start of April.
Testing: There is no planned mass testing for schools, although schools will receive a small batch of home test kits for children and families who are unable to access existing COVID-19 testing sites.
Face Coverings: Post-primary pupils will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms.