People have another reason to hope that hurricanes don't batter this area too much.
If Wake has to cancel school this week, the first makeup day for traditional-calendar schools is Nov. 4 — Election Day. With more than 60 Wake schools serving as polling places, it could be messy for voters if classes are also in session that day.
The Wake County Board of Elections regularly asks the school district to not hold classes on Election Day. Usually the school districts settles for having a delayed opening to ease things during the morning voting rush.
But with record voter turnout expected this year, the school board agreed to make Nov. 4 a teacher workday for traditional-calendar schools.
Year-round schools would make up the time on a Saturday to be determined.
If two days are lost during hurricane season, the second makeup day for traditional-calendar schools would be Nov. 26 — the day before Thanksgiving.
One school, Ligon Middle, has already lost a day due to Tropical Storm Hanna. But Ligon doesn't serve as a polling place.
Ligon will now have classes on Election Day. But it will operate on a two-hour delay, just like the modified-calendar and year-round schools will that day.