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Fairfax County schools to close for Virginia primaries

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- When thousands of Fairfax County residents chose who they want to see on the ballot for president in November, they'll be doing so in empty schools.  

The county school board announced Thursday that it voted to close all public schools in Fairfax County on March 1, the day of Virginia's presidential primaries.

Schools in the county have traditionally stayed open during presidential primaries, but because of an anticipated record amount of voters, the board decided to close the schools.

167 FCPS buildings are used as polling sites, 124 of which are elementary schools that the board says have limited parking. The school board was also concerned about the challenges of having a normal school day with so many extra people in the building. 

Schools won't be required to make up the missed day. 

Virginia's presidential primaries are part of Super Tuesday, the day with the highest number of primary elections. 

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