The Westerville City School District will be closed Friday, Feb. 16, when many residents will attend services for slain police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.

Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg said today, Feb. 14, the district would use a calamity day to cancel school due to a law-enforcement emergency.

“We have remained in frequent contact with city officials as they finalize details for Friday’s funeral visitation, service and procession throughout our community,” Kellogg said. “To respect the solemnity of the day’s events as our community honors its fallen heroes, we have confirmed that the timing of these activities, most notably the funeral procession, will severely hamper our ability to transport students to and from school in a timely manner.”

Kellogg said that because this is a law-enforcement emergency and not a weather-related calamity, evening activities and athletic contests would continue as scheduled Friday.

“Officers Joering and Morelli were protectors and champions for the well-being of others,” Kellogg said. “In recognition of their public service and to honor their memory, I would encourage everyone to use Friday as a day to show support and respect for the first responders who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.”