Mustangs (re)Unite 2.0

Current Learning Model

February 22
 
  • P-4 Students on Campus
  • 5-12 Students in Hybrid model
Upcoming Changes
  • P-4 Students on Campus
  • Grades 5 and 12 return to full on campus in early March (Goal transition date is March 1)
  • Grades 6-11 in Hybrid model

February 1 Compliance Team Update

From the COVID Compliance Team at Breck

February 1, 2021

At the February 1, 2021, Compliance Update with Dr. Anderson and Dr. Hernández, they shared the below guidelines for Breck community travel. To view this presentation in full, click on the video above.

Off-Campus Expectations
The safety of our on-campus community is dependent on our individual off-campus behaviors. We know that the risk of COVID-19 is everywhere. Regardless of location, we are asking that Breck community members abide by the following protocols at all times as doing so will mitigate risk off campus and thereby on our campus.

  • Wear a mask at all times when outside your home.
  • Maintain physical distancing (6+ feet apart) from those not in your immediate family.
  • Avoid gatherings of large groups of people.
  • Avoid any gatherings where these practices are not being followed.
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face.

If you choose to be in a situation where these protocols cannot be followed, or you find yourself in a situation where these protocols are not followed, we ask that you self quarantine and return to Breck after 7 days and a negative PCR COVID test.

If you are exposed to a lab confirmed positive COVID case, you are asked to contact our health services immediately at healthreporting@breckschool.org. Please know that we are abiding by a 14 day quarantine in the event of exposure to a lab confirmed positive COVID case.

Head of School Letters

Recent Updates

  • Learning Models (February 22)
  • Posted latest compliances team update and meeting recording
 

Our instructional models - January 19

Below families can learn more about the instructional model currently offered at Breck as well as our plans moving forward.

Our Current Model - Program Updates by Division

Upper School Program Updates

  • Following our design for moving between learning modes
  • Daily schedule stays the same
  • Additional focus on advisory, tutorial, and community building
     

Grades 7-8 Program Updates

  • Following our design for moving between learning modes
  • Daily schedule stays the same
  • Additional focus on advisory, tutorial, and community building

Grades 5-6 Program Updates

  • Remain in current model
  • Breck’s administrative team continues to evaluate 
     

Lower School Program Updates:

As a Lower School team, we’ve begun preparations for moving to distance learning so that we are ready if/when this comes. Our goal is to continue the strong learning experiences we engage our students in when they are in school.  Preparations will continue on the upcoming faculty planning days, November 18 and 30.  We are fortunate to approach this work with our previous experiences and your feedback from last spring, as well as the design and tech support from our innovation specialists.

Calendar and Schedules

Student Weekly Schedules

Lower School on campus 100%; Middle and Upper School in hybrid. Click on the graphic (above) for more information and a larger view of the schedule.

Semester 2 Calendar

This Semester 2 schedule takes us through the end of the school year. Read more by clicking on the title of photo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Operating Models Throughout the Year

Our Mustangs (re)Unite plan is built around three main models while allowing for flexibility between them throughout the year. While we want nothing more than to return to normal operations as soon as possible, we will approach the year with the health and safety of our students and community as our priority. It is important to note that we are prepared to increase or decrease student population on campus as the situation allows. 

On Campus
Hybrid
Periods of Off-Campus Learning

Responsive to community feedback. Driven by research and practice. Built by Breck Faculty. 

Levels of Decision Making

Our paramount priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. As we make decisions, we will lean into:

  • Research-based approach
  • Prioritize transparent and regular communication
  • Effective training and education 
  • Reducing risk

Below, we have provided a framework for our decision making as we move between models and levels of distance learning and on-campus instruction. While our reopening model accounts for Lower School on campus and 50% capacity of Middle and Upper School, we may increase or decrease the student population on campus based on the below criteria. 

Level External Environment/COVID Conditions Learning at Breck

In all circumstances, we will consider recommendations and/or directives from the CDC, MDH, MDE, and the Governor's office to determine our instructional model.

Case counts per 10,000 are as noted by https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/stats/wschool.pdf

Mustangs (re)Unite
  • No COVID-19 cases within our community
  • Community adherence to safety protocols
  • Widespread reopening of schools, businesses, and workplaces
  • Hennepin County experiences 0-9 positive COVID cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period
  • All students return to campus
Green
  • No COVID-19 cases within our Breck community
  • Strong adherence to Breck safety protocols
  • Area schools, businesses begin phased reopening
  • Hennepin County experiences 10-19 positive COVID cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period
  • Majority of students return to campus for full-time instruction and activities
     

Yellow

 

  • Possible cases/confirmed exposure of COVID-19 within our community
  • Inconsistent or unknown implementation of recommended campus safety protocols
  • Hennepin County experiences 20-29 positive COVID cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period
  • Students engage in a hybrid learning model
Orange
  • Multiple confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in our community
  • Inconsistent implementation of recommended campus safety protocols
  • Hennepin County experiences 30-49 positive COVID cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period
  • Students engage in distance and/or on-campus learning in a hybrid model
Red
  • Multiple confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in our community
  • Governor has issued a stay-at-home order or otherwise closed all schools.
  • Hennepin County experiences 50 positive COVID cases per 10,000 over a 14-day period
  • All-school distance learning
Understanding that we cannot mitigate every risk, we are working hard to create our school community to be as low risk as possible. Students, families, faculty, and staff will need to both assume a level of risk of their own and partner with Breck to proactively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their families and homes.

Reducing Risk

A clear understanding of the risk level of our shared environment and our structured response to these risks can provide an increased sense of confidence and calm as we return to educational and work activities over the coming year. Our school environment is considered “medium” risk for exposure to COVID-19 based on authoritative criteria from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).  Our goal is to use a hierarchy of control measures to further reduce that risk as far as possible so that our shared environment truly becomes a “low” risk environment where people can feel safe and focus on learning and growth. This hierarchy of controls includes:

  • Engineering - i.e., building use and ventilation, facility maintenance, and repairs
  • Administrative - i.e., reduced class sizes, decreased time in common spaces, and a commitment to physical distancing
  • Personal Protective Equipment - i.e., wearing of masks, screening, reduced sharing of supplies

Our Compliance Planning Team is composed of working groups focused on meeting the following goals and objectives:

  • Plan and implement strategies for physical distancing and reducing density. This includes, but is not limited to, maximizing usable space, facility zoning (e.g., one-way hallways), facility modifications/layout, and maximizing ventilation
  • Plan and implement wellness, health safety, screening and preventative hygiene measures. These measures include increased health staffing, sick bay, screening procedures, building ingress/egress, PPE, hand washing, preventative hygiene, etc.
  • Plan and implement cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting protocols in compliance with CDC and MDH guidelines and in consultation with public health experts. Different protocols for different scenarios will be applicable (e.g., if a positive case is reported in a classroom).

Health and Wellness

In order to welcome students back to campus during Breck Summer Programs and again this fall for the start of the academic year, we've made a number of changes to our health and wellness policies. For information relating to Breck Summer Programs, visit their website here. Below are highlights for the start of the academic year. It is not all encompassing and will continue to be updated throughout the summer. For even more information, visit our COVID Handbook below.

COVID Handbook

Healthy Community

Healthy Classrooms

Healthy Building

Healthy Programs and Activities

How you can help

As we shared above, the partnership between the school and our families is critical to keeping our community healthy and safe. Here is how you can help at home:

  • Monitor your child for symptoms. 
  • Encourage frequent hand washing and healthy hand washing techniques.
  • Avoid large-group gatherings outside of the Breck community.
  • Continue regular well-child visits to your pediatrician or healthcare provider.
  • Practice wearing a face-covering during family outings and activities in public.
  • Monitor your child's mental health by providing space to ask questions and talk freely about COVID-19 and other concerns.
  • Connect with our Student Support Team. Our counselors, school nurse, and chaplains are available to help and support students.