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Children stuck at schools, on buses

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Children sleeping at E. Rivers Elementary Children sleeping at E. Rivers Elementary
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Students in several counties were stuck in schools and on buses during the Tuesday night hours.

There are still children at Cobb, Paulding, Douglas and Fulton County schools.

A parent told a CBS Atlanta photojournalist that children at Marietta High School would stay there until a parent picks them up, even if that meant they had to stay overnight.

That was the case for many area schools as parents couldn't reach their children.

At E. Rivers Elementary roughly 100 children slept in the school gym on mats. Some children as young as 5 years old have never been away from home before.

Some older school children actually walked home from school.

Some school children across Metro Atlanta who were able to get out on buses were not able to make it home as buses were left stranded in gridlock traffic.

At 5:30 a.m., Atlanta police rescued 91 students from three Fulton County Schools buses.

Atlanta Public schools confirmed that all of the 50 students who were previously reported as still being on buses have been transported safely.

"We have several hundred students sheltered in place at nine sites in the north and west regions of the city. There were a few challenges to food delivery at some locations, but all students did receive food thanks to the Atlanta Police Department, our resourceful staff, and the generosity of communities. Students are safe and continue to be supervised by staff and resource officers. The Georgia State Patrol is also on site," said APS spokesperson Kimberly Willis Green. "Parents are asked to contact schools directly for information on students. However, the district will continue to update parents as we work with state and local agencies to identify safe travel solutions for our students."

In Cherokee County, the superintendent authorized the Transportation Department to temporarily suspend bus services until the roads were made safer.

Around 400 students were sheltered in schools, but none were stuck on buses.

CBS Atlanta's Renee Starzyk reported Tuesday evening that Douglas County had numerous buses on the road with kids on them still all over the county. Officials were telling bus drivers to get to the closest school and get the kids inside. All schools were open and provided heat, food, shelter for children as long as needed.

CBSAtlanta.com will have more information as it becomes available.

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