The Education Minister is cautiously optimistic schools can begin a phased reopening on the 1st of March.
The plan is to bring back Leaving Cert students and the youngest classes in primary school first.
Other classes are likely to follow around two weeks later.
Minister Norma Foley says it all depends on Covid cases but she's hopeful it can happen......
Meanwhile, the Cabinet sub-committee on Covid will meet this afternoon to get advice on when parts of the economy might re-open in the coming months.
NPHET is expected to advise on a school re-opening date that could be as early as March 1st.
That will start with Leaving Certs and the younger classes in primary school, with a review every two weeks.
NPHET will also advise on whether construction can more fully open in March, which the Department of Housing is pushing for.