HSC students in NSW will be able to mark the end of their school days with graduations and formals put back on social calendar - once the exams are out of the way - and they may even be allowed to hit the dance floor.
The cherished rites of passage had been banned by the NSW government so as not to jeopardise the year 12 HSC examinations.
The class of 2020 has endured the year from hell as COVID-19 saw the cancellation of weeks of face-to-face teaching as well as many popular co-curricular activities including sport, drama, camps, choirs and musical productions.
After on-line petitions and much anguished lobbying from distressed students and parents, Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday announced the celebrations could proceed from November 12 after exams were safely done and dusted.
Health authorities are working with the education sector to come up with appropriate COVID-safe plans, but the premier says it will be "less strict" than those required for other similar events.
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant has hinted they may even be allowed to dance - despite the activity being banned at weddings.
"Given this is a one-off event and our students have worked incredibly hard during this quite challenging year, there will be opportunities to consider how we can conduct dancing safely, how we can encourage that intermingling, signing of books and other activities that graduands have told us that they want to participate in," she told reporters.
Because the events are alcohol-free and the students have sat together in indoor classrooms all year, the events are of lower risk than wedding and different rules apply, she says.
"Having a degree of pragmatism is always important," she said.
"We just want to look at whether we can come to a balance between keeping COVID-safe, but allowing young people to have this one-off celebration."
The guidelines around holding the events will be released on Friday.