The principal of a Christchurch school earmarked for closure says they are preparing for the worst-case scenario.
Education Minister Hekia Parata announced last year that the ministry planned to shut or merge nearly 40 schools in the country's largest overhaul of the education system following recent earthquakes in the region.
Schools had until early December to submit counter-proposals.
Branston Intermediate School principal Jennifer O'Leary says she hopes the ministry has actually considered their proposals.
"We gave four options. The first from which we think is eminently sensible is go away for three to five years, because there's a census happening this year and we'll get more of an idea where the population is going."
Ms O'Leary says there is no rush to pull the school down as it has been fully repaired.