Special schools and special needs students in primary schools will be able to return to classrooms from next week.
Special students will be able to access in-person education on a phased basis from Thursday January 21st.
This will also apply to children who are not in a special class but have significant additional needs.
Discussions are still underway in relation to secondary school students.
Minister for Education Norma Foley says they are working towards a return to school for everyone when it is safe to do so.