Denver Public Schools “Optimistic” that Homeless Encampment “Will Be Good Neighbors” to Elementary School

By Matt Connelly

Denver parents are concerned about the safety of their children after a homeless encampment popped up across the street from Polaris Elementary School.

According to a new story this morning from KDVR News, local parent Kieran Schweidel is raising concerns about the situation, “We walk through piles of human excrement I mean, there is feces, there is trash, there’s urine, and that’s going to school and I never say a word. But when I get to school and it’s there, it’s you know, it’s not safe. It’s not clean.”

“I’m not looking to fix the city at large. I don’t think it’s fixable,” Schweidel continued. 

Not to worry though, a statement from Denver Public Schools says they are “optimistic” that the homeless encampment “will be good neighbors”. 

The wildly out-of-touch statement from Denver Public Schools then acknowledges school officials “have shared concerns” about drug paraphernalia and human waste. 

The full statement from Denver Public Schools:

“The safety and well-being of our students are the primary priorities for Denver Public Schools. Recently, an encampment of people experiencing homelessness has appeared across the street from Polaris Elementary. While we are optimistic that the people here will be good neighbors, school officials have shared concerns about trash, drug paraphernalia and human waste on the playground and the sidewalks students use to get to and from the school. We are working with the community to address these issues. Our efforts include asking the City of Denver to help us ensure that students are safe while they are on the playground and on their way to and from school.”


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Matt Connelly is the founder of Campfire Colorado and Campfire Media.