We need that extra prep time just to make sure that we've got everything in placeDarta Hovey, Catholic College Wodonga
Teachers have welcomed nearly two weeks' notice being given before North East school students return to the classroom.
The Victorian government announced on Tuesday a staged transition back to school from May 26, with all children attending classes as normal from June 9.
Catholic College Wodonga principal Darta Hovey said there was "a bit of a buzz around" his school after the announcement.
"It will be great to have students back on deck," he said.
"It's one of the reasons why we do what we do, just to have students here and learning."
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The principal felt comfortable with the allocated dates.
"I think it's a good thing," he said.
"We need that extra prep time just to make sure that we've got everything in place and to make sure we've given enough information out to our community so they fully understand the changes as well."
Mr Hovey said the additional days would also allow heath authorities to complete more COVID-19 testing to check for community transmission.
Australian Education Union Victorian branch president Meredith Peace said the dates provided certainty for teachers, principals, support staff, students and parents.
"This gives staff in our schools time to plan and prepare," she said.
"There has been an enormous amount of work undertaken by staff to make remote learning work, but we can't easily flick a switch back to classroom learning, so additional time is essential."
Wodonga parent Paddy Cautela, who has daughters at Melrose Primary School and Victory Lutheran College, said the schools "have been fantastic" in their communication and support.
Mr Cautela said although learning from home could be challenging, it was difficult to know the best way to ease the coronavirus restrictions.
"I know we don't have any (COVID-19) cases in this area, but if something was to flare up, it could spread through a school quite quickly," he said.
"It's a tough situation."