A number of primary schools across Donegal are sending home books with pupils over the Easter break.
Most schools finish tomorrow for a two-week break for the Easter holidays.
However, with rising Covid numbers there are fears that schools may remain closed in April.
Only fifth year and Leaving Cert pupils are currently back at second level education.
A number of schools have sent both emails and texts to parents informing them that pupils are to take home books for the mid-term break.
They say this is purely a “precautionary measure” in case schools do not reopen.
Parents say the move is a sure indication that schools may not return in mid-April.
One parent of a Letterkenny primary school pupil said “We got the email today. It doesn’t look good. School management is obviously now thinking along the lines that they may not reopen after Easter.
“If they do not open then they could stay closed for the rest of the school year because you are into May then and it’s nearly summer.
“A lot obviously depends on next week’s announcement by the Government but you’d have to say it doesn’t look good at this stage.”