"Absolutely nuts" are the two words that came to Zoe Howard's mind when she was asked to describe the past few months of life.
Like most family homes, the Howard's was transformed into a makeshift classroom in mid-March when most students were told to stay away from school grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In addition to helping son Gus, 9, learn from home, Ms Howard and her husband Jason have been busy caring for baby Beatrix and running their small business Acreage Tasmania, which had to close its doors when the pandemic hit.
"Trying to keep my son on track everyday and trying to keep or business alive and also tend to the demands of a newborn and also live 40 minutes out of town and do all the deliveries myself has been hard," Ms Howard confessed.
"A lot of people are in similar situations where they've also had to home school their child during this period. I think everyone's done an amazing job in this very difficult situation."
Thankfully this week Acreage will reopen and Gus, along with thousands of primary and Year 11 and 12 students will be allowed back in their usual classrooms when Tasmanian schools also reopen.
"He's a bit nervous about going back he's sort of viewing it as though he's starting the school year again," Ms Howard said.
Ms Howard said Gus was excited to have more normality back in his life.
"Kids get a little down without their friends and their routine in life. His mindset has changed and altered through doing everything online so it'll be nice to see him back in the classroom and doing things as you should be at this age.
"You should be seeing your friends, you should be in classroom and enjoying being a little kid."
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Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said schools would operate slightly differently, with assemblies, excursions and interschool activities temporarily cancelled.
"There may be a circumstance where a student has fallen behind a little as a result of the experiences over the last few months but our teaches are professionals... if our students have missed out on a bit of learning that can be picked up as a quickly as possible," Mr Rockliff said.
Most Year 7 to 10 students will continue to learn at home until June 9, as part of the government's staged return to school approach.