Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government “will – and want to – reopen schools on a phased basis in February and March”.
Speaking to RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live, Mr Varadkar said: “I cannot give a definite date to parents, but the one thing that we do intend is to open education on a phased basis across February and March, starting with those kids with additional needs.
“However, I can say to parents that the decision is to leave the restrictions fully in place until 5 March so we can get cases down to a much lower level and give hospitals a chance to recover.”
He said Government will continue to consult with education partners on this.
“It has to be done by agreement. We want to start with the special schools and then perhaps primary schools and exam classes,” he said.