After a five-month disruption, nearly one million students in both primary and secondary education are to return to school today.
The majority of the country’s schools are reopening this week with the remainder opening next week.
Schools have been configured to ensure a safe and hygienic environment for both students and staff.
However, two unions, Fórsa and the Secondary Teacher’s Union, have expressed concern following the reopening.
Fórsa stated that health advice and guidance from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform give insufficient protection to staff with health problems such as respiratory conditions, heart disease and cancers.
According to the union’s head of education, Andy Pike, workers have been told to work in classrooms with no social distancing despite health conditions.
According to the Secondary Teacher’s Union, they had received a significant number of calls from teachers with underlying illnesses who have been required to return to work.