PHOTOS: Hundreds of Birmingham Area Students and Teachers Stuck at School Overnight

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – Hundreds of students, teachers and staff are stuck at Birmingham area schools tonight because of the winter storm. One of those teachers is the daughter of WHNT News 19 anchor Jerry Hayes. She sent us photos and arranged an interview with the principal of Liberty Park Middle School in Vestavia Hills where they’re spending the night.

Principal Kacy Pierce says they’re all wishing they were at home but, “It’s an adventure and so we’re looking forward to spending some quality time together.”

Kacy is the principal at Liberty Park Middle School. She knew when the call was made to dismiss school Tuesday, they had students, faculty and staff who were not going to be able to get home. Vestavia police closed the roads.

“We had parents trying to come from all over to pick up their children,” Pierce said “So we began to make plans for what we were going to do with our children this afternoon and tonight into in the morning.”

About 20 students and 25 staff members are stuck until the roads are clear. They’re keeping themselves entertained though. “The gym is open. We have students playing basketball. We have activities happening in our library,” said Pierce.

Some parents who live nearby brought pillows and blankets to make everyone a little more comfortable. They even brought cupcakes and the school nurse even has toothbrushes for everyone. Pierce smiled and said, “Our kids are having a good time and making the best of it and our teachers are doing the same.”

Vestavia Hills city schools are closed Wednesday. Pierce says they hope the roads improve so they can get everyone home Wednesday but if they don’t, they’ll stay there as long as needed to get everyone home safely.

2 comments

    • JA

      Yeah, because there’s absolutely no possibility the school was closed early enough and the parents simply couldn’t get there in time for whatever reason before the roads were closed.

      The fact that only 20 students were there leads me to believe it was closed in time and some of the students’ parents couldn’t get there before the roads were closed. Although, I guess it is possible it’s just an extremely small school with more faculty than students…

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