INDIANAPOLIS - Wayne Township has canceled school Thursday citing bus transportation issues related to the funeral procession for fallen IMPD officer Rod Bradway.
Officer Bradway was killed in a shootout with Steven Byrdo last week when Bradway was ambushed by gunfire as he entered Byrdo’s apartment. Police said Bradway was able to shoot Byrdo before he died, making it easier for the second officer behind him to take down Byrdo.
Since then, the entire Greater Indianapolis community has been mourning the loss of an officer.
In a letter sent home with students this week, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township Superintendent Jeffrey Butts, Ph.D., said the school district is honored the city has chosen to include the township for a major portion of Bradway’s funeral procession Thursday.
“However, as a result, (we) will cancel school this Thursday,” Butts said. “This decision was made in the interest of our children’s safety, the safety of our parents and the concerns over traffic patterns during the processional.”
The procession is slated to arrive in Wayne Township by 1:30 p.m. and could last several hours, Butts said. He noted this could have a big effect on the schools’ ability to provide afternoon transportation home for students.
The funeral procession is expected to include roughly 1,000 police cars as well as other non-police vehicles and will span across the city. The funeral begins at 11 a.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. You can see the entire processional route here.
“Rather than leaving parents uncertain as to when their children will be home, or facing the prospect of our children sitting on buses for hours in traffic, we have made the decision to cancel school for Thursday,” Butts said.
He also made sure to point out the school district has two extra “flex” days built into the school year for this precise purpose, meaning students will not be required to make this day up at the end of the school year unless there are too many snow days.
After-school events across Wayne Township schools will still be conducted as scheduled, as will child care for those children already enrolled at Wayne Township Preschool between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.