All students in the Iredell-Statesville Schools in North Carolina will be given an excused absence Friday if they want to leave classes early to participate in events honoring Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon, who was killed during a traffic stop.

Students are also being encouraged to wear blue to honor the officer, reports the Charlotte Observer.

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Sheldon was a K-9 handler who had been with the Mooresville Police Department for six years, officials said.

Two Iredell-Statesville schools—Mt. Mourne School and Coddle Creek Elementary—"will operate on an early release schedule" Friday, according to a release. The two schools will let students out at 11:30 a.m.

"Students (at the two schools) are encouraged to find a spot along the procession route to honor Officer Sheldon," said a release from the district.

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