Schools have re-opened across the country today following the Christmas break.

It comes amid concern about the impact high Covid infection rates are having on staffing levels and student attendance.

Teacher unions have warned that thousands of staff will be absent today, and it's expected some classes may have to stay at home.

Children with special needs, younger primary pupils and third, fifth and sixth year post-primary classes are being prioritised for in-person teaching.

President of the ASTI, Eamon Dennehy, says some schools may be forced to close in the coming weeks due to Omicron virus.

Clogher National School, outside Claremorris, is just one of the schools that has re-opened again this morning after the Christmas break, and the Principal of the three teacher school, Adrian Ormsby says two of his three staff members are out today due to Covid 19.

He has managed, after an extensive scramble to secure two substitute teachers and he has been telling Midwest News today about his delight that the school is open, however, pupil attendance today is low…

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