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Clean-up time: Military workers disinfect a classroom in Daejeon in South Korea. Photo: Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP

Clean-up time: Military workers disinfect a classroom in Daejeon in South Korea. Photo: Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP

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Clean-up time: Military workers disinfect a classroom in Daejeon in South Korea. Photo: Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP

It will be the most unusual back to school ever: returning to classrooms for the 2020/21 year comes with an unprecedented health warning.

The killer virus, Covid-19, associated with more than 1,700 deaths in Ireland, will still be lurking around.

When it first arrived, the rapid closure of schools and colleges on March 12 meant it didn't get an opportunity to show what damage it may have done had the education system remained open.