Primary schools are set to re-open fully on March 15, the Department of Education has confirmed.
The Department also confirmed that 5th-year students in secondary schools will also return to school next Monday.
"The Department of Health and the HSE have reaffirmed that the gradual phased reopening of schools can proceed as planned," a Department of Education spokesperson said
"The next phase of return is on Monday March 15 for all primary school children in 3rd to 6th class and 5th years in post primary schools.
"Public health has reviewed the measures put in place to ensure safe operation of schools and is satisfied that these infection prevention and control measures, if rigorously adhered to, will keep the school community safe during this period."
Students in junior infants up as far as second class – as well as Leaving Certs – returned to schools at the start of the month.
A letter to primary principals confirming the return of classes reminds schools that “all unnecessary travel should be avoided, and that in the interests of minimising the spread of Covid-19, schools must make every effort to avoid organising events that could lead to the congregation of pupils."
The letter also asks schools to remind parents and pupils not to congregate on the school grounds or at the school gate.
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