Preparations are continuing today at schools across the region that are re-opening at full capacity tomorrow despite staff shortages.
Education Minister Norma Foley says the reopening of schools won't be without its challenges but insists 'significant resources' are being put in place to ensure they stay open.
The principal of Coláiste Chiaráin in Athlone says the school will be operating with 15% less staff.
Brendan Waldron hopes that once students return to school it can remain open and believes that educational settings will now be relying on student teachers to supervise classes.
The Athlone principal says branding schools as a safe place is incorrect but hopes proper ventilation, good hygiene and mask wearing will keep students and staff safe in the coming weeks.