City Public Schools To Have 2-Hour Delay Monday

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Pittsburgh Public Schools will have a two-hour delay on Monday.

School officials cite student safety as the reason.

The district had a delay the last time the Steelers were in the Super Bowl.

Ebony Pugh, spokeswoman for the district, told the Post-Gazette the district is concerned about students traveling with people who may have been up late for the game.

Meanwhile, state police say they’ll triple their normal patrols while local departments also plan to step up their enforcement efforts on Super Bowl Sunday.

PennDOT officials say 55 alcohol-related crashes were recorded in the region the last time the Steelers were in the Super Bowl.

  • RUSerious

    Are you serious!? Why is there a delay because of the stupid superbowl? This shows how much Pittsburghers really cherish their childrens education..

    • Pat

      This is Steeler Nation!!! I Can only hope my daughter has a delay Monday!! My daughter has straight A’S so two hours can hardly make a difference!!!!!!!!!! If you are that concerned maybe you should wake your children early to study!!


      Shutup. You want the bus drivers to crash hung over and kill some kids? That’s great for their education.

      • Yup

        Um maybe people that have to work the next day should take responsibility and not drink a lot for the game? That ever occur to you?

      • normal

        Let the kids watch and enjoy the atmosphere even if they don’t understand it. I promise not a single child will have a major epiphany and discover cold fusion during the 2 hours missed.

        In other words, why so serious “RUSERIOUS”?

      • Daniel

        Bus drivers should not be drinkers of alcoholic beverages….

  • Dave Schuilenburg

    Way to go go PPS-BOE in failing our kids yet again with yet another unneeded 2hr delay. Guess you didn’t hear the same State Of The Union speech we did, where President Obama said “no only should the winners of the Superbowl celebrate, but so should the winners of the science fair”! It’s not like our kids will be drinking alcohol! Then people why the Pgh Schools have some of the worst grades in the region!

    • wow

      You think THAT’S the reason they have the worst grades? So you haven’t considered of the fact that all the private schooled/suburban kids who go to big fancy schools have 2 valuable resources that those unfortunate kids just wish they had: people, and money. Everyone’s moving out of the city and leaving the district underfunded. And since a lot of those kids are living in poor, underprivileged neighborhoods, all the rich suburbanites seem to think that abandoning the city will solve all the problems. Way to go. How generous and responsible of them.

      • Bev

        Hey..wait a minute..I sent all four of my children to private school. I made under 30,000.00 at the time. I gave up my cell phone and cable. We rarely ate out and I took two buses both ways to work. There are many parents who deem a good education worthwhile instead of expensive toys the parents want for themselves. The Pittsburgh Public school system receives between 6-8 thousand dollars per child for education. If they are not learning, what do you think the problem is? I had to pay for books, supplies and anything else my children needed. If I was a bus driver I would be highly offended as I am sure most of them are responsible. The blame here is the lousy school system..

      • inda'burgh

        You mentioned two valuable resrouces.. I think the “people” is more important then the money. I’ve worked in PPS in the past and unfortunately that’s what is missing. Not only two parent households but education babies not to have babies. Throwing more money at the schools won’t change that!

      • Kate

        I left the city for 2 valuable reasons … city government and city schools … I am very generous and very responsible … generous enough to pay the taxes to a townshiph that has responsible civil servants (instead of the nut jobs on Grant Street) and responsible by sending my children to better schools rather than expose them to the liberal-minded Pittsburgh Public Schools!

  • Hockey Mom

    This is ridiculous. Their excuse that they are “concerned about students traveling with people who may have been up late for the game” is another way of saying: We don’t want all of our teachers to call off sick so we’re going to give them 2 extra hours to sober up. What a joke. So thankful my kids don’t go to PPS.

  • OMG

    First of all…this is for the safety of the children. Teachers MUST report at their REGULAR time. They will be participating in Professional Development sessions like we do on every 2-hour delay. During a 2-hour delay parents should take the time to practice reading with their child or review math skills and stop blaming teachers for everything. I know I would not want my children riding a school bus with the driver still on his/her Super Bowl buzz. We are not failing our students, those of you commenting and your children do not even attend the city schools need to get a hobby. For some of our kids cheering on the Steelers in the Super Bowl is their only excitement, they don’t get to go on fancy vacations or have the newest toys and games many of them are lucky to have socks. Until you spend a day in the PPS keep your mouths shut. Go Steelers!

    • Meg

      So scheduling a two-hour delay so the bus driver’s can recover from their hangovers? That’s really teaching the kids about responsibility and the proper way to function in the real world!

    • Ash

      I am a product of Pittsburgh Public Schools. We never had two hour delays not even for weather emergencies. This lecture about drivers needing time to sober up is BS. How about hiring responsible drivers that understand that they have to wake up early the next day and do a job? I’m in med school now, when I’m a doctor and you’re bleeding on the ER table I’m going to tell you that I have a two hour delay because my bus driver needed some time to sober up. It’s not about blame, it’s about teaching your kids to be responsible and understand that just because your team goes to the superbowl doesn’t give you a license to be an idiot who drinks too much and stays up too late when you know you have a job to do.

      • OldLady

        Ash – THANK YOU! As a retired teacher and a parent – I am so glad to see someone under the age of 30 that gets the concept of responsibility. The single most important thing a school can teach is how to be successful in life. Step one – be responsible, Everything else comes second.

  • steeler fan

    OMG you couldnt of said it better. There is nothing wrong with the 2 hour delay. As for you people making dumb comments get a life. My child has been in the pps for twelve years and he has gotteh a great education. He is a senior and he has been accepted to some top colleges so you are wrong when it comes to the education kids get at the pps.

    • kristy

      steeler fan: you were probably a product of the pps. case in point – couldn’t HAVE – not couldn’t of.

      • steeker fan

        Kristy so what is your point, Why dont you go get a life.You really dont make much sense, I guess you are the product of a dropout.

  • debbie

    if the drivers know thye have to get up early and drive they dshouldn’t be drinking so much!!!

  • Dan

    I am a High school Junior in the Pittsburgh Public schools, and believe me, the first 3 periods that we miss would simply be a waste on 4 or so hours of sleep. Plus, its not every year we make it to the Superbowl. So shut up, and stop complaining. This meager delay will not harm anyone’s education.

    • Yup

      It’s just dumb that a Super Bowl effects things like this. You are limited snow days and will have to make up the days if you go over the allotted amount yet the Steelers go play football and all of a sudden it’s a big deal and you must have a few extra hours taken away. Dumb.


    I cant wait to see the other districts who call a 2 hr delay on Monday. Then all of you people on here blabbing about the PPS wont have any room to talk! Get over it!

  • tg

    This isn’t about the students or PPS. This is about responsibility. This delay is BS for any school. Anyone with a job on Monday morning should be responsible enough to behave in a manner that doesn’t interfere with getting to work, on time and ready. Way to teach a lesson in responsibility.

  • Missing the Burgh

    Really, do all of you think a 2 hour delay for one day is going to affect a child’s education? Come on!! There are some kids who want to watch the game and will stay up later than normal. They will be tired the next day and if they went to school on time they wouldn’t be comprehending anything because their brain will not be rested. Extra sleep will make them feel better so they can think. It’s one day people! Get over it! Go Steelers!

  • PJ

    Then when we win,everyone will get to complain again, when the kids take off to go to the parade, I think the kids will survive…GO STEELERS, win one for Myron…get over it people…

  • Sleepyhead

    OMG for real!! You people are seriously going off like this over a stupid 2 hour delay. I for one pray they do this with all schools. Because I will appreciate the extra 2 hours of sleep in the morning. IF we win it’s going to be hard for anyone to unwind and fall asleep over the excitement. Get a grip people. You are worse than the media making a big deal over Ben going to a piano bar.. GOOD GRIEF!!

  • Sophia

    The bus full of kids is not the only vehicle on the road in the mornings. There will be other exhausted folk who do not have the option of a two-hour delay who must report to work. I graduated from the Public Schools 3 years ago and if I had a kid who was on a bus that was in danger on those roads, I’d be pretty uneasy, too. Here’s to the PPS who care about the safety of the kids. Also, we live in Steeler Nation. The teachers, custodians, principals, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, crossing guards, and PPS police also live in Steeler Nation. We may be celebrating late.

    Enjoy the game! Go Stillers.

  • busdriver

    i drive bus and dont drink at all!!! transportation doesnt call the delays, the districts does. Why say its the drivers drinking? I hate 2 hour delays, messes up my day and the day of parents that work.

    • Sarah Deren

      No one SAID it was the drivers who were drinking. Idiots IMPLIED and made up their own minds that it was drunk bus drivers.

      Hang in there, and thanks for getting our kids to school safely, Super Bowl or not.

  • Shamed Educator

    I Teach at PPS. This is shameful. I have apologized to my students and explained to them the flawed thinking that has led to this decision.

    • Onme

      SHUT UP!

  • kristy

    pittsburgh sucks. sports over education. that about sums up this backwoods city. people who feel WE won the superbowl. no, halfwit – THEY won and YOU watched. get a life and quit living vicariously through sports teams.

    • Onme

      Any city is like this you half wit moron. You suck – we rock, you are JEALOUS!

  • Lighten Up

    Lighten up people and enjoy the ride….I doubt 2 hours out of an entire school year is going to make a difference if these kids pass or fail! They’ll probably be watching the game as well and will welcome the extra time to rest. I guess some people have to complain no matter what the issue is.

    GO STEELERS! Bring home number 7!!!!

    • Brandi

      They have two-hour delays almost twice a week due to the weather why have it when they don’t have to? Regardless they miss two hours of their education. Its not like every working citizen in Pittsburgh can call off or come in two hours late I agree its sending a horrible message to our kids.

      • Onme

        Shut your face. I took the morning off so I could get more sleep, just like every other SMART Pittsburgher would. You are a jagoff.

  • Just wait

    The PPS schools are the first to say that they have a 2 hour delay but wait till Monday. I will bet that numerous other schools will have a delay. The same thing happened 2 years ago when the Steelers won the Super Bowl.

  • Kitty Gray

    if I’m not mistaken, as a kid, we had the day off after one of those Super Bowl wins? I was a product of St. Basil’s grade school and Carrick High and certainly enjoyed celebrating my Pittsburgh Pride -just as I do now living in the Twin Cities. Here we go Steelers, HERE WE GO!!!!

    • Blitzburgh

      Preach on! I went to both schools too :) Don’t remember having off (it’s been sooo long). I ejoyed it too….these people on here are insane!

  • Sad

    If we think the bus drivers are going to be drunk/hung over then maybe we need to reexamine who we hire as drivers? It wouldn’t be so bad if they said “so that the kids can stay up and enjoy the game, etc…” but to say it’s because of (the bus drivers) not being safe that morning is a bit unsettling.

  • OldLady

    The real issue here is not how much the students may or may not learn in the 2 hours they are not in school. There are actually 2 very important things to consider:

    1. What kind of message are these kids getting about responsibliity & doing what you need to do? Answer: Party hard & claim “it’s only a little delay, Chill out. (Not something I want my kids to learn.)

    2. What about parents who have to get to work? It’s one thing to tell your boss you will be late because your kid has a weather related delay. It’s a whole different thing to say they are delayed over the possibility of hung over drivers.

  • thats funny

    if all you parents cared about your kids then you would not be sending them to a city school reach into your pocket a little bit and go private

    • Ebonee

      The PPS is a good system. We reach into our pockets to pay taxes. We have some faith in our city. You’re preaching to the wrong crowd on the wrong webpage about that. If I want to send my kids to a cookie-cutter school that does not expose them to the realities of the city, I would, but we live in Pittsburgh, and they’re going to learn with real Pittsburghers.

  • Sleepyhead

    I would be willing to bet that every person that is complaining on here doesn’t have someone to take their kids for 2 hours! Come on people I can not get over some of these comments. This story never once said it was due to hungover bus driver yet some went in that direction. Seriously… and for the person that said we take sports over education… that is a ridiculous statement too. Because during those first few hours people will be half asleep and probably talking about the game anyways. Give it a rest! Perhaps a 2 hour rest? My kid isn’t in a City school we are begging for a 2 hour delay.

    • AtSleepHead

      Please tell is what it’s about if it’s not hungover bus drivers? I’m being serious. The article said: “district is concerned about students traveling with people who may have been up late for the game.” The game will be over by 10, so I doubt that that’s too late. The only other thing I can figure is that they’ll be partying too hard.


    We didnt ever have 2 hour delays (was always closed) but any way

    So they have a 2hour delay after the super bowl .. The super bowl is almost similar to HS football championship games (Why not give them a delay after those games to)

    Kids don’t need no dang on 2 hour delay – During the school years kids probably stay up late any ways

  • Roxy Beer

    Most of the rude comments are coming from people defending the delay. Amazing.
    I agree that we should teach our kids to be responsible and this two hour delay is the opposite. So what if we did it two years ago, I didn’t agree with it then.

    I am sick of football defining Pittsburgh. If you tell me to move, well then maybe this is a good example of why so many people DO move so stop complaining that too many people move away from here.

    There are plenty of responsible adults who have no choice to be at work ON time Monday morning. The world should and will still be going on the day after the Superbowl. We should teach our children the same responsibility. If your children cannot recover from ONE night of staying up late watching the game, then they should go to bed and get proper rest.

    For the above comment “if all you parents cared about your kids then you would not be sending them to a city school reach into your pocket a little bit and go private” …….
    Not all city schools are bad. I have children in both but because I live in the city my child who does attend a private school is also delayed because her busing is. So if her school doesn’t delay she will miss 2 hours of school that will go on without her. I still have to be at work at 7am.

    Either way, I would like to see the adults comment responsibly. What a dream. I know that won’t happen.

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