Why this Clovis Unified school was closed during the Fresno standoff

FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE/KSEE) – A more than 20-hour standoff that started Thursday night and ended Friday afternoon with police eventually leaving the scene forced the closure of the nearby Kastner Intermediate School.

Staff and police officials agreed that police activity was too close to the school to deem it safe for classes on Friday.

“Public safety is number one,” said Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama.

“We did make that hard determination to go ahead and cancel classes today. Given that ongoing police activity that was so close to the school, it was the best decision to make for our kids and their parents,” said Clovis Unified’s Kelly Avants.