The death toll from multiple strong quakes and an ensuing tsunami in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province jumped to 1,944 as of Sunday as the search and rescue operation is expected to be completed on Thursday, military and disaster agency officials said.
School principal Kasiludin said authorities told all teachers to show up for work from Monday to collect information on student numbers.
Things are even more desperate in remoter areas. Many more remain missing.
"So many are gone", he said, reeling off a list of his missing relatives including a sister, an aunt and cousins. But the way is now open and aid is trickling in to the area that rescue workers feared had been obliterated.
Bodies are still being recovered, especially from ruins of buildings in the small city of Palu and from neighbourhoods hit by liquefaction, a phenomenon that turns the ground into a roiling quagmire, in the south of city.
The National Disaster Management Agency said most bodies were retrieved from Palu, the provincial capital, followed by the districts of Donggala, Sigi, Parigi Mountong and a district of Pasang Kayu in nearby West Sulawesi province.
Debris would be cleared and areas hit by liquefaction would be turned into parks and sports venues and will include memorials.
"We don't want the community to be relocated to such unsafe places", Nugroho said.
"We still don't know the fate of the clinic doctors, nurses and technicians who usually staff the clinic", the organisation said in a statement.
A grieving father was resigned to the search ending without his two-year-old daughter being found.
"I'm still waiting for the Ministry of Education to give us instructions on when to begin classes".
"Palu's ordeal is grief for all of us and that's why everyone is lending a hand to help", he said.
"Today, my team and I want to go to Sigi, because that area has been untouched by paramedics", doctor Arsanto Tri Widodo told AFP, referring to one of the worst-hit areas. "My soul wouldn't rest", he said by a mass grave atop a hill overlooking Palu's bay as the sun set, where he had come to offer prayers.
Indonesian man chat on top of the rubble at Petobo neighbourhood, which was wiped out by earthquake-triggered tsunami, in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
Rescuers picking through the grim aftermath of Indonesia's quake-tsunami issued a fresh public health warning Saturday as more decaying corpses were unearthed from beneath the ruined city of Palu.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country, but there are Christian communities throughout the archipelago.
Doctors said many patients have been at high risk of infection because they were buried in mud.