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Topeka Public Schools sets tentative timeline for returning more students in-person

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Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 7:42 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka Public Schools is hopeful all students will return to in-person classes by the first Monday in October.

Preschool and kindergarten students returned to the school buildings Wednesday. USD 501 superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson told the Board of Education during its Thursday night meeting that district leaders will let the youngest students get a full week under their belts. They’ll review information later next week and, if all goes well, 1st thru 5th graders would return to in-person learning Sept. 28th.

Sixth and 9th grade students would return on that date as well. Dr. Anderson noted it would give those students a week to have the middle school and high school buildings to themselves, with the goal of bringing remaining students (7th-8th and 10th-12th) in-person Oct. 5th.

The district will still utilize a hybrid model. Pre-K thru 5th grade students will be entirely in person, since schools have set up micro-classrooms to keep group sizes smaller. Grades 6 and higher will be divided into groups, with one group attending in-person Monday/Tuesday, and the other group in-person Thursday/Friday. On days they are not in-person, students will attend classes remotely.

All USD 501 students spent the first week of classes entirely on remote learning.

Board members did not take formal action on the timeline. The board also voted Thursday to allow the high schools to begin football competition.

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