All students now in a class at Topeka High

Harbaugh tells Kansas First News that his comments from yesterday are now outdated.

Harbaugh says he has received information from Topeka High School Principal Dr. Linda Wiley that all students without a 6th hour class were scheduled into a class on Tuesday of this week and that the students were supervised while out of class.


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There are nearly 45 students at Topeka High School currently without a 6th period class.

Communications Director for USD 501 Ron Harbaugh says more students showed up for enrollment at Topeka High this year than originally projected.  Because of that he says there may not be room in some of the classes they signed up for.

Harbaugh adds this happens pretty often at the start of the school year but this situation is somewhat unique since so many students enrolled.

Last year Topeka High had an enrollment of about 1,650 students, while this year Harbaugh says the number is pushing 1,800.

“When you think of a school of close to 1,800 kids, and everybody wants certain classes, classes only hold so many students so that’s a real challenge for counselors and school officials to get everybody lined up and in the correct classes,” says Harbaugh.

Harbaugh expects all students will be assigned to courses within the next 10 days or so.

Currently those 40 to 45 students are in either the library or cafeteria for the last hour of school.

Harbaugh says he’s not sure but assumes there is a teacher or supervisor present.




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