Over 300 thousand students have returned to their classrooms this morning.

Leaving Cert students and the first four years of primary school are the first to go back to school since the Christmas break.

Special schools also return to full capacity today, after running off half capacity for the past few weeks.

The government plans to allow the other years to return on a phased basis over the next six weeks, if Covid-19 is kept under control.

Meanwhile, this morning parents were urged not to congregate at school gates.