The Acting Chief Medical Officer has moved to reassure parents and teachers that the risk of Covid-19 spreading amongst children in schools is low.
In an open letter, Dr Ronan Glynn, says while there are no “zero risk options", now is the right time to reopen.
He says there's enough evidence that shows the risk's outweighed by the benefits of being back in education.
Hundreds of thousands of primary and secondary students will be back at their desks today for the first time since March.
meanwhile Sinn Fein's calling on the Education Minister to ensure all children get bus transport to schools, after a number of students in Wicklow and around the country have been told there is no place for them because of the reduced capacity allowed.
The Government wants school buses to run at 50 per cent capacity over the coming weeks.