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Updated: Students stranded at school

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Birmingham's Glen Iris Elementary shelters students overnight, keeping them busy with movies. Birmingham's Glen Iris Elementary shelters students overnight, keeping them busy with movies.
Students sheltered at Deer Valley Elementary in Hoover Students sheltered at Deer Valley Elementary in Hoover
Nearly 4000 students remain sheltered at their schools Wednesday morning due to Tuesday snow/ice storm, that's according to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

Tuesday's winter icy storm mix stranded motorists on the roads causing some students to be left behind at school. Several school districts sheltered kids whose parents were unable to pick them up from school after schools closed early due to the storm. 

The Alabama EMA reports 4500 students slept in schools overnight. That number does not include the nearly 4500 students in the Hoover City School District who spent the night on their 17 campuses. Hoover Superintendent added 200 students were rescued from buses stranded on the interstate and taken to shelters.  Birmingham City Schools also sheltered students. Epic Elementary has about 30 students on campus. Glen Iris Elementary also has students sleeping on campus.

Alabama's 13 talked to Pleasant Grove Elementary teacher April Clayton in the Jefferson County School System yesterday afternoon. At that time they had dozens of students plus staff who weren't able to make it home. As of 5 am this morning Pleasant Grove had about 17 students spending the night.

These are the numbers of students who enjoyed sleepovers at their schools according to the Alabama EMA:
950 - Anniston City School District
950 - Birmingham City Schools
1000 - Jefferson County Schools
1500 - Shelby County Schools
12 - IB students sheltered at Trussville First Baptist Church
20 - preschool students at Rickwood 


With cold temps remaining in the teens and twenty's Wednesday students may have to shelter at school a little longer. Law enforcement officials continue to ask motorists to stay off the roads in order for sand trucks and first responders to get their jobs done.
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