Westerville City School District officials today announced that they will use a calamity day to cancel school this Friday, February 16, 2018, due to a law enforcement emergency as the community mourns the loss of Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.
“We have remained in frequent contact with city officials as they finalize details for Friday’s funeral visitation, service, and procession throughout our community,” said Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg. “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 noted that because this is a law enforcement emergency and not a weather-related calamity, evening activities and athletic contests will still take place that day.
“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.”