Share This Page

Zetty discusses delay, cancellation process at Gateway

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
(c) 2012 Lillian DeDomenic
Nina Zetty poses for a photo on her first day as superintendent of the Gateway School District. Zetty, who comes to Gateway from the Peters Township School District, started her tenure at Gateway on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Lillian Dedomenic | For The Times Express

A blizzard of phone calls and emails from parents who were wondering about weather-related closings and delays prompted Gateway officials last week to explain the process in more detail.

“Although I make the final decision, it is not without input and recommendation from the bus garage, our directors of maintenance and transportation, the Monroeville Police Department and (Monroeville) department of public works,” Superintendent Nina Zetty said.

Zetty referred parents to a question-and-answer page on the district website that provides insight to the decision-making process.

“Although I would love to return every call and email personally, my schedule does not permit me to do so,” Zetty said.

Zetty said she based her decisions to delay or cancel classes on the ability for buses to transport students safely and her personal experience.

“Please understand that as a mother and a grandmother, a factor not listed on (the website) that I always use, is ‘Would I put my own children or grandchildren on the bus that day?' ” Zetty said.

The question-and-answer page for delays and closings can be found on the Gateway website by clicking “district info,” then “delays and closings.”

As of Tuesday, two full days of classes were canceled because of weather conditions this school year, spokeswoman Cara Zanella said.

Those days already have been made up.

Students attended classes on Feb. 14 — which originally was scheduled as an in-service day for teachers — and Feb. 17, which originally was to be a day off in observance of Presidents Day.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.