The Government hopes to give Christchurch parents a better idea of plans for education in the earthquake-hit city next week.
Education Minister Anne Tolley says damage assessment is still under way but some schools will need significant rebuilding.
Ms Tolley also indicated special arrangements will be needed for the rest of the school term for some schools.
The city's largest school, Burnside High, says it can open as soon as the Ministry of Education gives it permission.
But others closer to the city centre say they will not be ready before 14 March at the earliest.
The ministry says schools in Waimakariri and Selwyn can reopen next week.
It will provide information about school reopening dates on its website.