The Irish Independent is reporting that all schools might not able to re-open following the disruption that Storm Emma has caused.
With a red alert still in place on Friday and low temperatures and thawing expected to take place over the weekend, it seems that rural schools in regions that have been hit hardest by the snow could be at a larger risk of a delayed return.
Secondary roads may still be impassable on Monday morning meaning that access to the school grounds would not be safe.
The Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA) represent 90% of Ireland's primary schools.
Séamus Mulconry, their general secretary told the publication that: ”I don’t think we will really know until Sunday what the outlook is for Monday and whether a principal can make an informed call”.
Schools and colleges were closed on Thursday and Friday because of the red alert and it looks as though the Department may leave it up to individual schools to make a decision about whether to re-open on Monday or not.