Pittsburgh Public Schools opened two hours late today. Why? Well, the Steelers were in the Super Bowl. Duh.
And now that the Steelers won (great game, for what it’s worth), the statement that school district spokesperson Ebony Pugh made on Friday seems prescient: “People will be staying up late; there will be some partying.”
I have no doubt that Pittsburgh partied like it was 2006, when Pittsburgh also won, and schools were similarly delayed. But the game ended at 10pm. While it’s very nice of the district to delay the start of school so that parents can have an extra hour or two to get over their hangovers (frankly, I could’ve used an extra couple of hours and I’m in New York), it seems like a ridiculous move. One parent, Latoya Taylor, is going to miss time at work because of the delay. Is Ben Roethlisberger going to reimburse her?
I hate to be a sourpuss. But I really think this is stupid. “The district hopes the delay will cut down on absenteeism.” How about expecting people to be responsible enough to get up and get their kids ready for school? Or not keeping them up so late that they’re overly tired in the morning? If a parent decides, as my mother did with opening day at Yankee Stadium, that a sporting event is worth missing school for, that’s one thing. But when the district makes that decision for everyone, I don’t like it.
Anyone from Pittsburgh want to weigh in? I mean, congrats on the win. Great game. But are you happy that schools were delayed two hours? Non-Pitt residents, how would you feel if this happened in your hometown?