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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

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