Breck's Vision for the Future

Breck Communications as it relates to COVID-19

Resources informing our decisions

There are many sources of information relating to COVID-19. The following sites for news and information are informing our decisions for our community.

Faculty and Staff Directory

Click here for Breck's online faculty/staff directory.

Graduation Announcement

Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

We have made the decision to continue distance learning through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While this may not come as a surprise to most, it is an important decision that allows our teachers and staff to plan for a virtual close of the academic year. As a reminder, we shared with you our decisions around grading, May Program, and Finals in our earlier communication. We are grateful to the many families and students who participated in our distance learning survey. Your feedback gave us important insight into the strengths of our academic program and opportunities for growth. Division directors will share feedback from that survey with you in their Friday message on April 24.
 

Academics FAQs

Finance

The impact of COVID-19 is significant and broad — and we, as a society, have yet to realize the long-term ramifications. At Breck, we are taking a careful, prudent, and mission-driven approach to navigating this turbulent time. Like all non-profit organizations, the vast majority of our annual budget is dedicated to our greatest resource: our people. We know that it takes extreme effort on the part of every Breck employee to deliver our program successfully. In early March, we communicated to our faculty and staff, both salaried and hourly, that we would maintain their continuity of pay for the remainder of this school year — a decision unanimously affirmed by our Board.

Annually, our budget must account for the fact that tuition alone does not cover the full cost of delivering the depth and breadth of the Breck experience. We rely on the financial support of philanthropic donations, a measured draw on our endowment, and revenue from alternative sources (i.e. facility rentals) to close that gap. All of these areas have been significantly affected during this crisis. I am grateful to our school leaders, members of our Finance Committee, and the full Board of Trustees who have helped us develop a financial model that we believe will allow us to weather this storm while also living into our missional commitment to do all we can to support our community.

We recognize that for some of our Breck families, the financial impact of COVID-19 in their households may be devastating. We have identified areas to provide assistance for our families.

  • Credits for discrete services
    • Breck will provide a credit to families for discrete services such as dining, transportation, and student parking. Credits will be applied to family accounts and can be used for next year's tuition or applied to a current balance. The credit may also be applied to the Breck Family Tuition Relief Fund as detailed below.
  • Breck Family Tuition Relief Fund
    • This fund is intended to provide 2020-2021 tuition support families who have experienced outsized financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. To apply for this assistance, please contact Scott Wade who will help your family walk through the financial aid process. If you would like to support this fund as a donor and help other families maintain and experience a Breck education, please click here to make a donation.
  • Flexible Payment Options
    • Families who may not need financial support but who could benefit from modified payment plans should contact Ted Forbath, Chief Operating Officer, for information on how we can help.

 

Financial FAQs

End-of-Year Events and Closure

The close of our academic year brings with it dozens of important ceremonies that define what it means to be a Breck Mustang. I want to be especially clear: we will celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our students with great thought, care, and compassion — and a bit of pomp and circumstance.

As an Episcopal school, we do ceremony incredibly well. Each division will still hold an end-of-year closing ceremony as previously scheduled, although virtual. Our fourth and eighth graders will still be recognized in their divisional closing ceremonies. You can find a calendar of events on your Veracross account.

We have a team of people dedicated to planning an unforgettable Commencement ceremony for our seniors. We have communicated with our senior class and their families directly that we are planning an on-campus, drive-in ceremony, as scheduled, on June 4. We are also planning a Senior Send-Off celebration in August. Pending social distancing requirements, it is our hope that our entire community will join us for this special August send-off in our Chapel. A date will be forthcoming.


End-of-Year FAQs

Planning for Summer and Fall

While we are focused on culminating the 2019-2020 school year with memorable experiences, we are also looking ahead and planning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Recognizing that information guiding our decisions around reopening is evolving rapidly; we are committed to being nimble and adjusting accordingly. For the past several weeks, members of our school leadership have been working with a leading epidemiologist who is helping us develop plans and criteria for our return in the fall, pending the state of COVID-19 in our communities. We have also shared public health guidance for preschool-12 schools on our website.

Prior to the fall semester, we host hundreds of students on campus for Breck Summer Programs. I want to assure you that we will offer summer programming for our students. At this time, however, we will not be on campus for the first session of Breck Summer Programs. Details about virtual programming will be forthcoming but know that it will resemble our new Mustang Club offerings for students. We will continue to assess the situation and make decisions about our summer offerings later in the spring. Our Director of Summer Programs will be in contact with registered families with more details.

Athletics and Extracurriculars

A foundational element to every Breck education is the students' experiences in athletics, the arts, and other extracurriculars. Throughout our move to distance learning, we have worked hard to maintain some semblance of these experiences for our students. Although we cannot recreate the competition on a field or the synergy in the middle of a concert, we are maintaining relationships, skill development, and finding ways to showcase student accomplishments.

Community and Connections

Community is one of the differentiators of our Breck community. We miss you and wish we could be together.