PRINCIPALS are celebrating the announcement that a snap lockdown will end across Victoria at midnight.
Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday announced that students would be able to go back to school as soon as tomorrow.
It ends fears of a new round of home schooling would spread into weeks in a repeat of past lockdowns that disrupted curriculum and left some families struggling to keep up.
Maiden Gully's Marist College is among those ready to welcome students back to class.
"I'm really happy about that. It's what schools are for," principal Darren McGregor said.
Staff had spent the preceding 48 hours planning for both a return and a continuation of the lockdown.
The school is waiting for specific details on how it should reopen, but has contingency plans in place depending on guidance from education authorities.
It is the same in the public school system, where an equally happy Bendigo Senior Secondary College principal is waiting for advice from superiors.
"We will communicate that with staff and parents as soon as we have it," Dale Pearce said.
Mr Pearce watched the premier's announcement this morning and said it would be particularly good news for Year 12 students concerned about what an ongoing lockdown might mean.
"The reaction to the lockdown was 'yeah, we can do it' but there's clearly been a level of anxiety there among students around how long this could go on," he said.