A local TD has backed the re-opening of schools despite significant staff and pupil absences.
Students returned to the classroom yesterday but the National Principals Forum say 30 per cent of students didn't attend, while 80 per cent of schools didn't have all teachers available.
Cavan/Monaghan TD Brendan Smith says the "best place for a child is in school" and added that educational specialists agree that "in-person learning" is most beneficial for children.
While Deputy Smith acknowledged that schools are in a "difficult situation" due to staff and pupil absences, he praised schools for "getting on with it" and ensuring children can attend school in-person.
Speaking to Northern Sound, the Fianna Fáil TD said school staff agree that an in-person return "is the right thing":