Some Students Get Election Day Holiday

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Some students in North Texas are getting a break from school on Tuesday, as several school districts in the area have canceled classes so that campus facilities can be used as voting centers for Election Day.

Local school systems that have canceled classes for the day include Dallas ISD, Arlington ISD, Garland ISD, Irving ISD, Plano ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Richardson ISD, Highland Park ISD, Northwest ISD, Mansfield ISD, and Lewisville ISD, according to Fox 4 KDFW.

Only some students in Lancaster ISD have Tuesday off, as classes are only canceled at select campuses being used for polling sites.

Other school districts have chosen to continue classes as usual while allowing designated buildings within the campus, such as the gym or library, to be used as voting centers. Fort Worth ISD  announced that 35 facilities in its district would serve as polling locations.

In addition to local schools, many municipal buildings and churches across the metroplex are being repurposed as polling centers for the day, including the Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch Library, Grace Community Church, Westover Hills Town Hall, Southlake Town Hall, and other locations in Tarrant County.

Denton County polling locations include Highland Village Municipal Complex, Flower Mound Senior Center, Lewisville Grand Theater, and The Colony Annex Building, to name just a few.

Grapevine Colleyville ISD had also closed schools in its jurisdiction, albeit for a different reason.

“There is no school for students tomorrow, November 7, due to a professional development day. This applies to all schools except Collegiate Academy and iUniversity Prep,” GCISD posted on social media.

This year, voters will find a number of items on the ballot, including 14 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on topics such as tax breaks, farming regulations, and more, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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