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Some felt the definition of a rural school district is one that exists in an agricultural region and has no cities, where schools are small and students are bussed. Others defined it as where children are not able to safely travel between home and school due to a major highway or a body of water.
Some contributors defined a rural school district as one where the district oversees a rural school, the majority of schools are defined as rural or remote, any school is more than 30 minutes from the city; or the majority of schools are in rural areas.
There was a suggestion that the RCMP or Statistics Canada definitions for rural be applied, and a request that the rural school district definition be reviewed over time as communities change.