Clayton Schools to close on election day

Clayton County public school students will get a day off on Tuesday, while county residents exercise their right to vote.

Since it will be an election day, classes will not be held, because of voting taking place at several schools in the county, School System Spokesman Charles White said, in a written statement.

It will instead be a staff development day, meaning teachers and administrators will still have to report for work, he added.

"We scheduled a staff development day to eliminate any safety risk to our students and staff members on Election Day," White said. "This is a mid-term Election Day with a number of national, state and local races of interest. The county has located polling places at about two-thirds of our campuses.

"Our decision served as an attempt to minimize confusion that a substantial voter turnout could create at our schools," he added.

Classes are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.

-- Curt Yeomans