Schools are set to remain closed for the rest of the month.
The cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 is meeting to discuss the closure of schools.
Social education needs will be given special consideration while the 5 kilometre limit is likely to remain as it is.
Anthony Fannon is a father of five from Cavan, and he says the risk involved with sending children back to schools "can't be justified".
Anthony's five children are of school-age, and he feels it would be "madness" to make children attend school in-person given the current level of covid-19 transmission.
While he acknowledges remote learning is difficult for many parents and children, he says it's the only option.
Anthony told the Joe Finnegan Show that a return to face-to-face education would put students and teaching staff at risk:
Meanwhile, an ISSU Welfare officer says a staggered return to school would allow children to return in a safe manner.
The Ombudsman for Children has urged the government to avoid a blanket closure of schools.
Matthew Ryan says it's vital that exam year students, and special educational needs students, return to school, while other pupils remain at home for remote learning: