Wake Public Schools Open on a 2-Hour Delay on Nov. 8, Election Day

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Parents with children in Wake County Public School System can count on a two-hour delay on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The Wake County School Board voted for the two-hour delay in order to allow schools to maintain a day of instruction while letting the community freely access voting sites located at schools during peak hours, says Lisa Luten, WCPSS director of communications. She says constraints from the state's calendar law prevented WCPSS from considering closing for the entire day. (This year the law provided 184 weekdays to schedule 180 days of classes.)

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If you can fit it into your schedule, the two-hour delay might provide an opportunity for you to take your children with you to the polls so they can watch you vote and understand more about the election process. Parents with children in the Durham County Public Schools and Chapel Hill, Carrboro City Schools, where school will be closed on Nov. 8, also have a chance to head out to voting precincts with their children.

Watching parents who vote can make a big dent in voter apathy for future generations. 

“The biggest indicator of whether a child will grow up to become an active voter is not race or income level or education, it is whether or not your parents were active voters and shared that with you,” says Carolyn Kreuger, director of Kids Voting Durham, a program of the Durham County Co-operative Extension, which works to create lifelong voting habits in children. Learn more.

With the national elections approaching in November, the time is ripe to draw on your children’s natural curiosity to discuss why voting matters. Triangle venues are hosting special events — including a fun Family Voting Celebration and an informative Kids Voting Durham’s Youth Candidate Forum — designed for children and teens. Learn more about these events in our roundup of five ways to engage your children’s interest in elections.


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