Over 320,000 students return to school under phased reopening

Over 320,000 primary children and secondary school students will return to their classrooms this morning for the first time since they left them last December.

They include more than 260,000 of the country’s junior primary school children, as well as 60,000 Leaving Certificate students.

Special schools will also move to full capacity today, having for the past two weeks welcomed just half of pupils on alternate days.