Governor Deal visits 3 schools hit by winter storm - CBS46 News

Governor Deal visits 3 schools hit by winter storm

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Gov. Nathan Deal visited three metro Atlanta schools on Friday and thanked staff and students for toughing out last week's winter storm.

"For those of you who stayed with the children to make sure they were safe, for the things that you did in this unexpected sleep over, we say thank you," Deal told those at Hickory Hills Arts Academy in Marietta.

Students there were among hundreds in metro Atlanta who found themselves stranded at their schools during the storm.

"It was literally like a big giant sleepover party with 27 adults supervising," said Hickory Hills Principal Kristen Baudin. "It was amazing. I couldn't be more proud to be the principal."

Gov. Deal also visited Alpharetta High School and E. Rivers Elementary. 

"I never met anyone famous before," said Trisyia Rahimi, a fourth-grader at E. Rivers.

While thanking staff and students, the governor also stressed that the state continues to take steps to improve its response to weather emergencies.

"I think the new normal is that we'll probably be overly cautious and overly aggressive in terms of our internal actions and our internal preparations," Deal told reporters.

The state has formed a weather task force and is waiting for an internal review of how state officials handled last week's snow and ice emergency.

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