More schools will be closed on the March 1 presidential primary

On Monday the Loudoun County School Board voted to close schools on March 1, Super Tuesday. The Fairfax County School Board and the Prince William County School Board had earlier made the same decision due to concerns about high voter turnout. The Fairfax County School Board voted on February 18 to change from a two-hour delay to a school holiday. Eleven school board members voted for the change; Elizabeth Schultz (R-Springfield) abstained. The Prince William County School Board voted unanimously January 20 to close schools on March 1. The only employees who work that day are 12-month employees.

The Washington Post article, Loudoun County schools will close for Super Tuesday, featured an interesting comment, posted by someone signing on as pitcher99:

As a retired teacher with 32 years experience in Reno NV, and 11 years in Fairfax County the closing of schools on Primary Days and Election Days is totally uncalled for. The students (and teachers) have enough interruptions without this. Are the students learning that elections are to be feared? I used to bring my classes to the gym or whatever room was set aside for the occasion so they could watch the process. Guess that is in the wastebasket along with History, Civics, Handwriting. the list goes on……

The polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For the Primary, voters will be required to choose a Republican or a Democratic ballot. On February 4, the State Board of Elections voted to approve the Republican Party of Virginia’s request to rescind the statement of affiliation requirement for the March 1 Republican Presidential Primary.

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