STUDENTS affected by flooding this week in the Western Division should sort themselves out first before returning to school.
Divisional education officer West Lorima Voravora said the Ministry of Education wanted the children to recover what was lost.
"We understand the kind of losses that some children would have suffered, so we want them to take care of things at home first before coming back to school," he said.
"Some of them would have lost books, bags and stationery, so their parents would be going through a lot to recover.
"They should stay at home until things are better."
Mr Voravora said the ministry would also work with headteachers and principals to ensure all schools were prepared for next week.
"We have asked all school principals and headteachers including school boards to assess the situation in each school.
"We have asked them to clean and repair the schools starting from today and work during the weekend to ensure classrooms are in working order before Monday.
"Once they are done with their cleaning then it should be approved by OHS officials before classes start."
Yesterday, all schools in the Western Division were closed.
The ministry had also directed all school teachers to report to their different institutions despite the closure.
"They are civil servants and all civil servants were activated during this time," said Mr Voravora.