The destroyed primary school set to become the symbol of Tasmania's devastating bushfires will be rebuilt, the state government says.
Tasmania's Green education minister Nick McKim has pledged to rebuild the Dunalley school, although Prime Minister Julia Gillard stopped short of guaranteeing that would happen when she visited the site on Monday.
The school was one of around 100 buildings to have burned down across the state since Friday.
Its mangled shell was one of four locations in the town visited by Ms Gillard.
Mr McKim said the state government was committed to rebuilding the school.
"I want to reassure the Dunalley community that we will work closely with them to ensure the new school meets their needs," he said in a statement.
Asked if she could guarantee that would happen Ms Gillard, flanked by Tasmanian Labor premier Lara Giddings, was less forthright.
"There'll be a big process of work with local communities to see what people want to do next," Ms Gillard said.
"We've seen in Victoria and in other places ... that the best way is to get communities together and to work through how people want to see their community for the future.
"I'm not going to pretend standing here as prime minister, when I don't live here, that I can pre-judge that for this community."
The Tasmanian government has controversially flagged the closure of 20 schools around the state, but Dunalley is not on that list.
The prime minister was met by a grade three student from the school, Billee Hassett, and her mother Sharee Mills while touring the site.
Ms Mills said her nine-year-old daughter had been traumatised after they had been separated when her mother returned to Dunalley.
"I got a phone call from a friend where Billee was staying this morning saying she'd stopped eating and she was fretting for me and couldn't stop crying," Ms Mills said.
"(The police) said there was no way they were going to allow (her in) by car so I organised friends to pick her up ... and they brought her in by boat."
The family's was a good news story though.
"I was told at midnight that I'd lost my house," Ms Mills said.
"I live next door to the bakery and the bakery had exploded.
"I informed the children that we didn't have a home to go back to."
Ms Mills made it back to find her house, amazingly, intact.
"(It's) just luck," she said.
"(The bakery's) totally wiped out."