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Fayette County cancels after-school activities Monday because of Trump’s visit

Fayette County Public Schools are canceling all after-school and evening activities on Monday in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s visit to Lexington, Superintendent Manny Caulk said Wednesday.

Trump is coming to Lexington’s Rupp Arena to campaign for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin the day before the general election.

Caulk said in a statement that normal dismissal procedures will remain in place, but any extra-curricular and co-curricular activities or extended-day programs, including practices, performances, games, clubs and meetings are canceled.

Afterschool care programs operated at schools will remain open and be flexible with families delayed by traffic issues, he said.

“We have been working with our partners in the Lexington Police Department in anticipation of the potential effect the President’s visit to Lexington next week will have on late afternoon traffic,” Caulk said.

A Lexington police spokesman said Wednesday the city is still waiting on information on road closures and a traffic plan but hope to have more information soon.

The streets Trump will take to Rupp Arena will not be released due to security reasons. Typically, the president’s route and any cross streets or overpasses are also closed, which causes traffic head aches and back ups in other parts of the city.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Naitore Djigbenou said the doors for the 7 p.m. rally will open at 4 p.m. That means traffic will be impacted for the Monday evening commute.

“Commuters traveling in the area should expect traffic impacts on their after-work commute,” Djibenou said.

The Promise Academies at Harrison and William Wells Brown elementary schools will follow their Wednesday schedule and dismiss at 2:35 p.m.

All Fayette County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for election day. Classes will resume on Wednesday Nov. 6.

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