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There’s no school on Halloween for most Wake County students. Here’s why.

Aaron Williams, 4, as Captain America walks with his parents Ron Williams as Ironman and April Willams as Black Widow on Halloween in Oct. 31, 2012, during Garner's Trick-Or-Treat the Trail at White Deer Park. More than 2,000 trick-or-treaters turned out to collect treats from more than 40 agencies and local businesses.
Aaron Williams, 4, as Captain America walks with his parents Ron Williams as Ironman and April Willams as Black Widow on Halloween in Oct. 31, 2012, during Garner's Trick-Or-Treat the Trail at White Deer Park. More than 2,000 trick-or-treaters turned out to collect treats from more than 40 agencies and local businesses. tlong@newsobserver.com

Halloween will come with costumes, sweets and a day off from school for most of Wake County’s 160,000 students.

Tuesday is a teacher workday for Wake County’s traditional-calendar schools, so only school employees are supposed to show up that day. Teachers will use Halloween to enter student grades on report cards that will be issued next Friday.

School officials say they didn’t intentionally try to give students Tuesday off to celebrate Halloween. Monday will mark the end of the first quarter of classes, and Wake tries to schedule workdays on the weekday immediately after a quarter ends.

Due to the state’s school calendar law setting when traditional-calendar schools can begin the school year, Oct. 30 has worked out in recent years to be the last day for the first quarter.

Halloween didn’t turn out to be a day off last year for students because the workday was needed to replace a day lost due to Hurricane Matthew. But as long as there’s no fall school closings next year, Halloween is also scheduled to be a teacher workday in 2018 for traditional-calendar schools.

With so many students off Tuesday, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is inviting families to attend its Halloween Parade, which will be led by first lady Kristin Cooper.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui

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