Theme 2: Remote School Definition

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Many people agreed that a remote school is far away from services and they are isolated from other schools and communities. However, there were a range of suggested distances.

While several contributors felt that a remote school should be one that is located one or more hours by road from any other schools, others suggested that a remote school should be one that is separated by three or more hours by road, or one or more hours by boat, to the nearest town. Another suggestion was that a remote school should be more than 30 minutes away from a city, or that a remote school is one that is more than 100 km away from an urban centre.

Some general criteria identified were that a remote school is one that is isolated from other centres, has reduced access to services and communities, and that requires students to be bussed in or travel by boat or plane.

Some felt that factors such as little or no Internet connectivity, a lack of access to diverse facilities such as for the trades, being a one or two room school, and more extreme weather-dependent road access set apart remote schools from rural schools.

Question: Do you have anything to add on the definition of a remote school?

4 responses to “Theme 2: Remote School Definition

  1. Rhonda

    Are there really any remote schools left in B.C.? I hope so – we do not have any left in Rocky Mountain School District #6. Remote schools address the need to put the "Health and Welfare of Children First" !! i.e. Children and Youth deserve to be schooled in their small, rural community – long bus rides – or very long commutes- do not support the Goals of the Ministry of Education…

  2. Norbert

    I would suggest that the factor that should define remote, rural, … education is not distance or resources or … but instead critical mass. By that I mean what are the number of fundable students that can be gathered into one place to generate a viable, diverse, and enriching educational, social, and nurturing environment. Most rural schools – taking an educated guess – are a minimally successful attempt (because of their low numbers) to provide a school environment that equals the offerings and advantages of larger urban centers that have achieved critical mass.
    I would suggest that rural schools need to look at a different model of facilitating education that caters to the realities that "rural" / remote schools face.

  3. Adrienne

    I do not live in a remote area, however I do feel that access to reliable, high speed internet is important in remote areas.

  4. Debbie

    i agree in using factors such as distance (30 mins from the local board office seems reasonable), lack of resources and services, and having to travel by bus or ferry.

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