The Department of Education has rowed back on a controversial instruction issued to schools last week, which directed that children from 3rd class upwards should be refused entry to school if they decline to wear a facemask without a medical reason.
In a fresh circular issued to schools this morning, the Department said "it is not intended that any child will be excluded from a school in the first instance".
The updated guidance has been welcomed by primary school principals, many of whom were not comfortable with the notion of turning away a child at the school gates.
Vincent Duffy is Principal of Breaffy National School outside Ballina, and the INTO rep for Mayo & Sligo.
He says the initial instructions issued to schools last week was very blunt, and he's welcomed the clarification provided today.
Speaking to Midwest News, Vincent said there's been a very positive reaction so far, from the children and parents, in relation to wearing masks in classrooms.....