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Worry about school closures was pervasive throughout the online discussion. There were some who expressed concern about their children and the quality of their lives if they had to travel long distances to go to a school instead of a short distance to a small rural school in their community. Some felt long hours on a bus would cut into homework and family time.
There was also concern about what would happen to the well-being of the community if a rural school closed. The connection was made between school closures and the impact that would have on jobs and the economy.
Some told us that the thought of school closures produced a lot of anxiety for children and families. Others shared stories about moving due to the potential of a school closure, or having to move because secondary school programs weren’t available in the community.