Across the country, Covid 19 outbreaks in schools doubled again last week.
There were 46 outbreaks officially recorded, compared to 25 the week before.
It brings the total number of confirmed cases in schools since term began to 119 out of 4,000 primary and second level schools.
While there have been concerns about schools staying open in Level 5 Restrictions from teaching unions, it appears that many students are very happy that they are.
Midwest News spoke to students in St Mary’s Secondary school in Ballina to get their views on the schools staying open despite Level 5 Restrictions.
Hannah Glacken is a first year in St Mary’s, Anna Ruane is a TY student and Megan Moyles is a Leaving Cert student.
They told Midwest News why they agree with keeping schools open despite the increased Covid restrictions.