Elementary/Middle School Program

601 N. Mildred Rd., Cortez, CO 81321 | 970-564-9377| kivacharter.org

November 7, 2018

Dear Kiva Staff, Parents, and Community,


Yesterday evening we notified you that we were cancelling classes for the remainder of the week due to a construction issue. We would like to share some additional information that we have received regarding that issue, as well as what we currently know and what you can expect over the coming weeks and months.


First, we would like to share the details of the construction issue. As you know, our building is undergoing extensive renovations that will give our students the tremendous facility they deserve. As part of that work, and in preparation for the next phase of construction, the contractor performed asbestos and lead testing earlier this week. Preliminary results on the asbestos came back last night and showed elevated levels in two specific areas of our building currently under construction. Test results for lead are still pending. As soon as these tests results become available to us, we will share them with you.


Out of an abundance of caution, the Board has decided to close the entire school until remediation experts have confirmed that the asbestos in the area under construction has been addressed and the entire facility cleaned of any contaminants. We do not know how long that process will take – it could be as short as a week or as long as several months. No one other than the abatement team will be allowed to enter the building for any reason from this point forward, until we receive assurance such remediation is complete.


In the meantime, the Board is actively working to identify a facility that could house our school during this transition period. We expect to be able to provide more information both on the expected timeline and the facility search by the end of this week.


We wish to reiterate how seriously the Board takes the safety and wellbeing of every child, staff member, family, and community member at our school. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact the Board at bod@kivacharter.org. Please know that as information becomes available we will continue to share it with our community in a timely manner.




Children’s Kiva Montessori Elementary/Middle School Board of Directors