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Parents Furious As Pittsburgh Public Schools Explains Why They Stayed Open

February 20, 2019 - 10:39 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Almost every school in the Pittsburgh area was closed or delayed Wednesday morning with one big exception, Pittsburgh Public Schools.

The district explained on Facebook they stayed open because they had already begun morning operations.

“The Pittsburgh Public Schools did not call a delay as students and buses had already begun the morning commute before the snow began to fall in Pittsburgh. Any student who arrives late or is unable to make it to school today due to weather conditions will receive an excused absence. The Pittsburgh Gifted Center and all midday activities are canceled today.”

Parents expressed their displeasure in the comments of the District's Facebook post:

Camie Hubbard said, “What about employees who could not get there?”

Jazmine Walker said “My child has been on her bus for over an hour almost two hrs…just now making it to school. The amount of incompetence you continuously display in insurmountable.”

“I support the district in their decisions and cancellations….but this. This was predicted last night. This was a poor call on the administration,” said Krissy White.

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Keisha Cottom told KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland says her children were at the bus stop for a half hour to 45 minutes when she called the bus company.

The district’s Chief Operations Officer Pam Capretta told KDKA Radio’s Larry and John they hoped to get most of their students to school before the majority of the snow fell.

Cottom  doesn’t blame the bus drivers and said the district should’ve at least called a two-hour delay earlier in the morning so they could monitor the snow and not have children out in the weather waiting for transportation that never came.

The district’s Chief Operations Officer Pam Capretta told KDKA Radio’s Larry and John they hoped to get most of their students to school before the majority of the snow fell.


“A lot of our students leave early in the morning and when they left this morning there was no snow on the road and the weather had put the snow out a little later so we were hoping that this would be able to get all our students to school prior to the balk of the snow coming down,” said Capretta.

With almost 25,000 students in the district, Capretta said they don’t have the convenience of other districts to wait to delay or cancel school.

“Some of the other school districts they can make a call at say 7:30, 8 o’clock at that point we have too many students in transition.”

Capretta added they can’t second guess their decision but she wishes the snow would’ve started a little earlier than it did because they would’ve just canceled.

“Once we make a call, once it hits 6 o’clock it’s hard for us to undo our call.”

Capretta said they apologize for any inconvenience. “As always we ask parents to make the best decision for their own children. If they choose not to send them to school today it will be recorded as an excused absence.”

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