The Tasmanian Government has revealed students who lost their school when a bushfire tore through Dunalley could spend a couple of years in temporary classrooms.
Students have settled into their lessons, five weeks after bushfires destroyed the school and a large part of the town on the Forestier Peninsula in the south-east.
The Premier, Lara Giddings, could not tell them exactly how long it would take to rebuild the school.
"It may well be, it would certainly be more than 12 months, it can take a couple of years for these sorts of schools to be rebuilt but we're conscious of the need to get that done as quickly as possible," the Premier said.
The School Principal Matthew Kenny says his main priority is to secure permanent classrooms.
"The focus will shift very quickly to the planning of the permanent school," said Mr Kenny.
Lara Giddings says the fallout from the bushfires is stretching the state budget but she cannot say by how much at this stage.
She says the Government is still tallying the cost of the clean-up and the bushfire recovery unit.
But The Premier says it is already clear that a lot of extra funds will be needed.
"There is obviously a cost that is going to have to be met by the community, by the State Government through the budget process.
"We will need to have a separate supplementary appropriation bill in order to pay for those bills so it will impact the budget, that's a reality of what happens in disasters like this," she said.
More than 70 properties in the south-east region affected by the bushfire on January the fourth have now been cleared.