For the fifth straight day, Pittsburgh Public Schools will be closed again on Friday, February 12, 2010 due to continuing issues from the recent snow storms.
A district spokeswoman says students will return to school Monday, February 15, 2010 with a 2-hour delayed start. This 2-hour delay will allow additional time for streets and sidewalks to be cleared, and will allow students to travel in daylight.
District officials are urging city residents and businesses to get sidewalks cleared this weekend to ensure students arrive safely to school on Monday.
Deputy Superintendent Linda Lane says they are concerned about the ability of students to commute safely to and from school.... "With many sidewalks still covered with deep snow, we are concerned that many students will be forced out into the streets. This creates a very dangerous situation, particularly for our little ones.”
Because bus stops that are not located on main thoroughfares may still be impacted by snow on Monday, Pugh says parents who have any questions about the location of their child’s bus stop should contact their transportation carrier or the District’s Transportation Office at 412-338-8125. Staff will be available to answer calls on Friday, February 12 from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and beginning at 6:00 AM on Monday, February 15.