NPHET will consider whether children should wear masks in primary schools when it meets later this morning.
It comes as nearly one in every hundred children tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
5,375 contracted the virus, according to the latest Health Protection Surveillance Centre report - the highest infection rate of any age cohort.
But just 24 outbreaks have been liked to schools -- accounting for 139 cases.
Consultant in infectious diseases, Dr Eoghan De Barra, says infection in children is generally mild: