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.
- MN Department of Health COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- MN Department of Public Health
- MN Department of Public Health Information for Schools
- Centers for Disease Control Guidance for Schools
- Centers for Disease Control Situation Summary
- Centers for Disease Control Health Alert Network
Faculty and Staff Directory
Click here for Breck's online faculty/staff directory.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
- Q: Will my child be prepared for the next grade in the fall?
- Q: What is the plan to support students with a learning plan?
- Q: How are you teaching the same material in less time?
- Q: How will the assessment of grades reflect the situation of students?
- Q: Will the Arts departments have an ability to create student productions or showcase student work?
- Q: When is the last day of academic classes for students?
- Q: What is the advice for standardized testing - SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, and APs?
- Q: Do you have any information about SAT Subject Tests?
- Q: Will coursework for AP classes continue after the AP tests are administered in early May?
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.
- Q: How is COVID-19 financially impacting Breck?
- Q: How will the credit for lunch, transportation and student parking fees work?
- Q: Can we donate our student account credit to the Breck Family Tuition Relief Fund?
- Q: Has Breck considered the significant financial impact families are experiencing as a result of COVID-19?
- Q: Will there be increased financial aid available for 2020-21 for current families as needs are identified?
- Q: Whom do I contact if my family is unable to pay the tuition we agreed to when we signed our enrollment contract in March?
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.
- Q: Has any thought been given yet to the need to reimagine traditional 12th grade special culminating spring events (pinning, baccalaureate, commencement)?
- Q: Will seniors still have their caps and gowns for commencement?
- Q: When will my child receive their diploma?
- Q: How many cars per family will be allowed for the drive-in commencement ceremony?
- Q: Since in-person attendance is limited, how can I watch graduation live?
- Q: Will there be an in-person ceremony in the late summer or fall to celebrate seniors?
- Q: Why did you not choose to host an outdoor commencement in McKnight Stadium?
- Q: Will there be a celebration for our fourth graders moving up to fifth grade?
- Q: Will there be a Middle School Closing?
- Q: Did you consider moving closing events to the late summer or fall?
- Q: When will my child be able to pick up their locker contents and other personal items?
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.
- Q: Is Breck Summer Programs still on?
- Q: If BSP has to move online, can I get a refund for the courses I selected?
- Q: If BSP moves online, what pricing structure will you use to enroll in the program?
- Q: Will BSP offer any additional academic programming for the summer?
- Q: How can my child get a tutor for the summer?
- Q: How is Breck preparing for the fall and the start of school?
- Q: Will Breck participate in required screening for students, faculty, staff, and parents before allowing return to school?
- Q: What might school look like if we reopen in the fall?
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.
- Q: Even if the Breck campus is closed, is it still possible that spring athletics will run?
- Q: How can I best support my child who is an athlete in the spring?
- Q: Will there be some sort of athletic banquet to honor or recognize the would-be spring athletes?
- Q: How else can we participate in athletics, club, or other activities through the remainder of the school year?
- Q: Summer often brings athletic camps, captains practices, and other events to campus. Are those cancelled, too?
Community and Connections
Community is one of the differentiators of our Breck community. We miss you and wish we could be together.
- Q: Will senior speeches be available for download?
- Q: I miss human interaction! How can I stay engaged as a parent?
- Q: How are teachers being supported to also manage their own school age children learning at home?
- Q: How will you welcome new students into your community if we aren't on campus in the fall?