Pittsburgh Public Schools apologizes for late cancellation



PITTSBURGH - Hundreds of schools delayed or canceled classes Friday because of the winter weather and extremely cold temperatures.

Pittsburgh Public Schools changed its delay to a cancellation just after 7 a.m., about 30 minutes later than normal.

Channel 11’s Jodine Costanzo talked to the district about why it made the call later than usual.

School district officials said the transportation director received information from the Public Works Department that secondary roads wouldn’t be cleared until the afternoon.

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane sent out the following Tweet Friday morning, “Sorry all for the late call - roads not done until afternoon. Would delay busses on a very cold day, we will close today.”

The district apologized to families about the late call saying, “The safety of students is the number one factor in any winter weather related decision that we make.”