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Expect traffic if you plan to go to the polls for the Tuesday, May 24 General Primary election— because that’s also the last day of the school year for Clayton County Public School students.

At least 44 CCPS schools also serve as polling places that day. We’ve made a list for you:

Keep in mind these dismissal times:

  • Elementary schools: 2:15 p.m.
  • High schools: 3:15 p.m.
  • Middle schools: 3:45 p.m.

Graduating seniors will get out of school at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24.

In a press release, CCPS urged voters, election workers, visitors, students, and families to be extra-careful on and around campus that day.

“Visitors to our campuses should be patient and should add a few minutes for any travel to and from our schools,” CCPS noted, adding that many schools will be having promotion and awards ceremonies. “Be aware that parking may be limited at various school locations during these special events. We ask visitors to our campuses to exercise best/appropriate judgment while navigating our parking lots/school grounds and adhere to any instructions issued by a School Resource Officer (SRO), Campus Security Officer (CSO) or a member of Clayton County School Police.”

Students in particular should be careful on the last day of school, CCPS said.

“We understand that the excitement of the approaching summer vacation may affect behavior during and around the school day. We hope all students will exercise good judgment in and out of school. Please know that the Clayton County School Police will be on heightened alert to keep this time incident free.”

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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