From today, primary school pupils from 3rd class upwards are required to wear face masks in school, and can be refused entry if they don't.
The measure was only announced yesterday, and the Education Minister Norma Foley says schools will have a few days to implement the new requirement.
In addition, parents are being advised to reduce the indoor socialisation of children under 12 for the next 2 weeks, as part of efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19.
While mask wearing is one issue, a bigger problem in schools is having to leave windows open all day, and most classrooms are very cold as a result.
That's according to Tommy Greally, principal of Lavally National School outside Tuam.
Tommy is the INTO representative for Galway & Roscommon, and has been telling Midwest News how the first day is going for children in 3rd class upwards who now have to wear masks....