The Department of Education has announced that families will receive refunds for school transport fees for periods of schools closures.
The payments will issue at the end of the school year once the exact period of closures is confirmed.
School bus contractors will continue to receive a 50% payment while schools are closed in this academic year.
Following the initial announcement that schools would be closed until 29 March 2020, and in light of the exceptional circumstances, it was agreed that school transport contractors would be paid at the normal or full rate for that period.
It was then decided that a payment of 50% would be afforded for the week commencing Monday 30 March 2020 until now. This 50% payment will be extended whilst schools are closed in this academic year as a result of the public health restrictions.