On Monday the Minister of Education will announce how many schools throughout Canterbury will close their doors.
The ministry has proposed closing or merging more than 30 schools, and schools were given two months to plead their case.
Two months. That's not long when you're fighting for your existence.
But they’ve done it.
So was the consultation worthwhile? Will it work? And do schools think the ministry will listen?
Lachlan Forsyth went to Christchurch – watch the video.