The Northern Ireland Executive has not yet decided whether some or all pupils can return to school from March.
It has been announced that pre-school, primary and post-primary schools will provide remote learning until at least March 5.
Children of key workers and vulnerable pupils can still attend school, while special schools can also stay open.
First Minister Arlene Foster said she recognised it would come as a “disappointment” for many parents and pupils that schools will not open in the near future.
She added: “The kitchen table is no substitute for the school desk.
“It is also important though that we give people a clear view of what is happening so we thought it was important to indicate today that we would not be back before March 5 in schools.”