Topeka Public Schools using Zoom for students at local juvenile center

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The Shawnee Co. Juvenile Detention Center is near the Shawnee County Adult Facility in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Topeka Public Schools is making sure all of its students continue their education during the coronavirus pandemic, even those at the Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center.

Topeka Public Schools has always had teachers inside of the center to make sure the teens there are still learning. But since classes have been online, the teachers haven’t been able to teach inside the facility.

However, they’re now turning to online classes by using Zoom, computers and tablets to continue their education in the center.

“Many of those are temporary,” Joy Grimes, with Topeka Public Schools, said. “They’re only there for a short time, they will be coming back out. So we want to continue their education. We don’t want to have huge gaps in their education.”

Grimes also said the staff at the Shawnee County JDC has also been hands-on in helping with this transition. They’ve helped pass out computers to students, collect homework and get it back to teachers to decrease the number of people inside the facility.

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