Schools declared Kobe-free zone |

Schools declared Kobe-free zone

Cindy Ramunno/Special to the Daily

With high school sports practices starting Monday and classes starting in a little over a week, Eagle County schools chief John Brendza said the schools will be off-limits to media seeking information dealing with the Kobe Bryant case.

“Our focus is to provide a safe and orderly learning environment for all students,” said Brendza, superintendent of the Eagle County School District. “We are very concerned about disruptions to that environment because of the intense media presence in this valley. Simply put, neither our students nor our staff will benefit from disruptions in their schools caused by people who are seeking information on the Kobe Bryant case.”

Under district policy and Colorado law, the district has the right to control activities on public school property that interfere with or disrupt teaching and other education activities, district officials said.

“Kids don’t want to be a part of this circus, and it’s time now to focus on school and sports,” said Jeff Lueders, assistant principal at Eagle Valley High School.

Brendza stressed that the district has always valued an open and positive relationship with local and state media.

“But the current media situation dictates that we institute these regulations to protect our educational environment,” he said.

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