When to Keep a Student Home

In response to the updated COVID-19 Decision Tree released from the Minnesota Department of Health on December  2, 2020 and the advice from our consulting physician, Dr. Paul Anderson, Breck has chosen to stay with our current model of adhering to a “no sick policy.” The decision to adhere to our current approach is based on the following factors: 

  1. It is a conservative and simple approach which allows for concise and consistent contact tracing. 
  2. Our guidelines are effective: Breck has not had any on-campus spread of COVID-19.
  3. Due to rapidly rising case numbers in Hennepin County, now is not the time to take a step back.

If a student stays home for any ONE symptom of illness or is sent home from school with ONE or more, major or minor symptoms, ANY BRECK FACULTY, STAFF OR STUDENTS in the household must stay home until a negative PCR molecular test is received for the symptomatic individual. 
If a Breck student, staff or faculty member is identified as a close contact to a lab confirmed positive case, the close contact will need to remain home and seek testing following exposure to the positive individual. 

If you are keeping your child home, please update their attendance in Veracross, call the Breck Health Center by phone, 763-381-8241 or email, healthreporting@breckschool.org as soon as possible.

If a Breck student, staff or faculty member is identified as a close contact to a lab confirmed positive case, the close contact will need to remain home and seek testing following exposure to the positive individual. 

  • If the close contact is asymptomatic, testing should be pursued by PCR method 5-7 days after the last date of contact with the positive individual. Per input from our consulting physician, ALL BRECK FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS living in the household should remain OFF CAMPUS until the test result is received for the individual identified as the close contact.   
  • If the close contact is symptomatic, testing should be pursued as soon as possible and a rapid antigen test is sufficient. If a close contact is identified in your household, per input from our consulting physician, ALL BRECK FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS living in the household should remain OFF CAMPUS until the test result is received for the individual identified as the close contact. 

The symptomatic individual will need to get this test 5-7 days following exposure to a positive individual or onset of symptoms

If your child’s test result is negative, they still need to stay home for 14 days. People who have close contact with someone who has the virus may still get sick up to 14 days later. Your child must stay home for a full 14 days, even if they test negative. Although a negative test will not allow your child to end quarantine early, getting your child tested is still useful because it helps to slow the spread of the virus by letting families know if the child has COVID-19 and must separate from others in the house as much as possible. Your child’s test results also helps us determine whether other people who may have come in close contact with your child need to quarantine.

If your child’s test result is positive, notify the Breck Health Center by phone, 763-381-8241 or email, healthreporting@breckschool.org as soon as possible. A positive test means your child may need to stay at home longer than 14 days. People who test positive can give the virus to others. Your child needs to stay at home, in one room and away from others as much as possible for at least 10 days from the date their symptoms started, or from the date they were tested if they do not have symptoms, and until they feel better. These 10 days can start anytime during the 14 days the child is staying home because of being a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

For Breck students and faculty: In addition to notifying the Breck Health Center of a positive test result, please contact Breck’s partner for testing and case management, MedExpress through Optum Health. A quarantine management nurse will be able to assist your family to better manage your quarantine timeline.
 
 

Breck’s MedExpress Nurse Care Line 
833-427-0588
7 AM to 9 PM CST 
7 days per week