Gain access to a DPS school or campus
Denver Public Schools is committed to cultivating and maintaining an open and productive relationship with the news media. The district recognizes that the media are a vital source of information about Denver Public Schools for families and the community.
The district also recognizes the importance of ensuring the safety and privacy of students, staff and families. District officials, schools and staff must cooperate with the news media to the extent required and appropriate by law, while ensuring that media coverage does not interfere with teaching and learning.
The Communications Team is charged with media relations and will support all schools and departments with media interactions.
It is Denver Public Schools’ policy that all news media inquiries regarding the district, departments or schools be referred to the Communications Team to ensure the most timely and accurate response.
How do I request access to a school?
The Communications Team will take all media requests for access to a school during normal school hours. Reporters can contact Scott Pribble, Director of External Communications. See the contact box for contact information.
The Communications Team and the school will determine if the request for access is appropriate. The district and its schools will cooperate with the news media to the extent required and appropriate by law, while ensuring that media coverage does not interfere with teaching and learning.
All reporters are required to check in at the main school office, wear a “guest pass” at all times, be escorted by a representative of the school at all times and respect/abide by all district policies and local and state laws concerning the use of minors in news and broadcasting.
After-school events in designated school areas that are otherwise open to the general public are also open to the media and do not require prior arrangements. Events during normal school hours must be arranged through the Communications Team.
Although every effort is made to accommodate all media requests, please note that each request will take time in order to get appropriate approvals.
Can I take pictures of students?
Reporters are required to respect/abide by all district policies and local, state and federal laws concerning the use of minors in news and broadcasting. If access is granted, the Communications Team will work with the reporter and school to ensure that laws and district policies are followed.