Parents and pupils in Belfast gave their verdict yesterday on plans to return to school, with most eager to get back to their normal routines after months of lockdown.
Last week, the Education Minister Peter Weir issued more guidance on how schools will look in the new term, including reducing social distancing between pupils to one metre.
Caleb Davey (11), from Ballynahinch, has just finished primary school and is set to start at Beechlawn Special School.
His autism means keeping a routine is very important and he said he can't wait to make new friends.
His mother, Maria Davey (35), said the smaller class sizes at Beechlawn give her more confidence about returning to school safely.
"It's still a bit uncertain, we still don't know exactly what's going to happen in September and I don't want to send him back too early," she said.
"I would be happy enough if it was on a part-time basis to start out with, because then at least he's getting to experience some of his school life.
"The routine is so important for Caleb and it can be challenging some days when it's disrupted."
Sharon Holmes and daughter Kate (13), from Lurgan, said they were happy to return if the proper safety measures are in place.
Sharon said: "I think it is important that schools get back soon. I think it will work as long as people use their common sense.
"There's a worry as well that children are falling behind with their work."
Kate said her choice would be to start back full-time straight away.
"I'm not getting as much done at home and it would be good to get back to see my friends."
Lola Elliott (11), from Dundonald, has just finished her final year at Brooklands Primary School early and is due to start at Bloomfield Collegiate.
Her mother, Dawn Elliott (46), said she still has safety concerns, but recognised the importance of getting back to structured learning.
"To be honest, I don't even know what any of the arrangements are as nothing has been confirmed," she said.
"Transport wise, I would be very concerned as she would take the Glider, so we're going to have to drive her to and from school for now.
"But we don't know anything, there's talk about using small bubbles for classrooms, but we don't know for sure yet."
She added: "If I could keep her at home forever, I would, but doing school work at home has been tough.
"We started off on the right foot and it just faded away, but everyone is dealing with things differently. Lola loves it."
Lola said she has enjoyed learning at home, but was thankful she got to say goodbye to her primary school classmates with a special online Assembly.
While many students might relish the idea of an extended break from school, for Niamh Larkin (13) and her dad Andrew Larkin (40), from Portadown, the chance to return can't come soon enough.
Niamh is about to enter her third year at St John the Baptist's College and is hoping to do a GCSE early as part of a high achievers class.
Andrew said: "I think their education is going to suffer as things are. If they can go back safely then I would be happy. It's hard to get them to learn in the house, they need structured education, but at a safe distance.
"I would like them to get back to five days with a teacher in the classroom using social distancing."
Niamh agreed she had missed friends and was worried about falling behind in her studies.
Colleen McCluskey (42), from Belfast, was out shopping with son Caolan (4) and grandmother Maureen McStravick (63).
Colleen said: "My son is in pretty small classes, so I do feel happy for him to go back. The way I see it is if they can go to childcare, as both myself and my husband work full-time, if that's okay, it's alright for them to go to school." On dealing with months of lockdown, she said: "We have to say we've been looking on the positive side of it, it's been lovely to have time with the children, even if they are a bit annoying at times."
Grandmother Maureen added: "We've been told that children have a very low risk of passing on the virus, so I think they should be back in school. Teaching at home works for some people, but there's a lot that it doesn't suit."