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Fulton County Schools cancels class for students on Election Day

Fulton County Schools will cancel class on Election Day for students and instead hold a teacher work day.

The school board on Thursday voted unanimously to keep students home on Nov. 6 in response to safety concerns about having class in session while members of the public enter school buildings to vote. 

The teachers will use the day to receive training on safety protocols. 

To make up for the day off for students, the district will make March 8 a regular school day. March 8 had previously been set aside as a teacher work day, but having students report to school that day will allow the district to make up for the lost instructional day in November. 

Earlier this month, the Atlanta school board approved a similar scheduling change and cancelled class for students on Election Day. Atlanta teachers will report to work for training. Atlanta Public Schools officials also cited security concerns, as well as traffic, as the reason for keeping students home.

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