“Elections are always going to raise a little bit of tension between people, but with the candidates this year, it’s obviously a little more heated,” said Sara Andriotis, a mother of two who lives in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
And while numerous states or cities have always closed schools on Election Day in past years, the particularly contentious nature of this presidential campaign has brought up more concerns than usual.
Public schools, with their ample parking, handicapped-accessible spaces, and capacity to hold large crowds, have always made for popular polling places.
Many of the schools across America that house polling booths will not be open on Election Day for the first time after parents raised fears over violence.
In this Oct. 21, 2016 photo, students arrive at Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine. The town of Falmouth is one of several municipalities around the country that has canceled school on Election Day to avoid placing children at risk in case the heated rhetoric spills into confrontations or even violence at the polling places. Robert F. Bukaty / AP