Burke Bulldog Weekly Update
Important information and updates for learning
Message from Principal Rasmussen
It's been great seeing our students in our building learning along with us. Students have been arriving wearing masks and using hand sanitizer upon entering. We continue to remind students of keeping safe social distancing while passing in our hallways. Please encourage our students to refrain from hugging, hand-shaking, and conversing in close proximities. Overall, our bulldog students are doing a good job of working with us to remain safe.
We continue to communicate Covid exposures and positive cases through our school messenger system. We have extensive contact tracing procedures in place and will contact individual students and families in the event of a close contact exposure outlined by our district guidelines. We are working hard to keep these cases low.
We encourage you to follow any announcements from our district communications department as we safely return to in-person learning. We are attaching links to the latest district information and communications within this newsletter.
Students will notice our health and safety protocols upon entering the building. We have multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout our building, social distancing signage, and cafeteria seating to help us keep socially distanced the best we can. We have supplies ready to disinfect high traffic areas, cafeteria areas, and classroom spaces. Keeping everyone healthy and safe is our top priority and we will need a team effort from our staff, students, and families.
We are providing updated information to this link weekly to help keep our students and families informed of information related to remote learning and the return to in-person learning at Burke High School.
Daily Schedule for October 26 - October 30
Monday, October 26: A-K In-Person Day -- Even Day Classes
Tuesday, October 27: A-K In-Person Day --Odd Day Classes
Wednesday, October 28: L-Z In-Person Day -- Even Day Classes
Thursday, October 29: L-Z In-Person Day --Odd Day Classes
Friday, October 30: L-Z In-Person Day -- Even Day Classes
Bell Schedule for In-Person Learning and the Family 3/2 Model starting October 19
Family 3/2 In-Person Calendar for Second Quarter beginning October 19
What is a close contact requiring a quarantine?
COVID-19 Close Contact Exposure
Two key critical factors that determine whether or not a person is in direct close contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual is as follows:
1. Close Contact: A person is considered a close contact when they have been within 6 feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for 15 cumulative minutes
2. Unmasked Individual: A person is considered a close contact when they have been within 6 feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for 15 cumulative minutes and face coverings are not worn by one or both individuals.
Visuals of health and safety measures
Water Bottle Fill Stations
Face Coverings will be provided to students upon return
There are some face covering accommodations in place:
Face Covering Accommodations Will Be Provided for Students Who Meet One of The Following Conditions:
• Student is unable to remove a cloth face covering by themselves.
• Student has significant sensory needs in which a cloth face covering will cause pain.
• Student requires lipreading for communication.
• Student has a medical condition that will cause breathing difficulties with a cloth face covering.
School Picture Days Coming October 26-27-28-29
We are partnering with Scholastic Photography to provide school picture packages and school identification pictures on October 26-27-28-29 through our English classes. Parents can download the school picture flyer attached here or can order on-line through Scholastic.
Flyers will also be distributed to students the week of October 19th.
Bulldog families can pre-order or pay by credit card with the following on-line option.
Online Ordering Link: www.ScholasticPhotography.com
Use Passcode: Bulldogs
If students are 100% remote learning, we are working with Scholastic to provide an alternative date for school pictures. We will communicate details once they are finalized.
Nominate a Burke Teacher for the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award
Recognizing Those Who Make a Difference Everyday
The Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes the achievements of skilled and dedicated educators in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Given to 15 teachers annually, the Award has recognized and rewarded nearly 300 teachers over the past two decades. Any Omaha Public Schools teacher or counselor (Pre-K through 12), with a minimum of two years experience, is eligible for nomination.
Each year we receive nominations from students (current and former), parents, other teachers, administrators, and the general public. Our deserving winners are publicly recognized and awarded with the following:
- $10,000 gift
- Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award Medallion
- $1,000 in McDonald's gift cards
Submit a nomination today! The online form is available here: https://buffettoutstandingteachers.org/nominate
After-School Virtual Tutoring Available
Click the DogHouse Bulletin for link to tutoring sign up:
Attendance Procedures in Remote Learning
All students should be logged into their device and first block class at 7:40 a.m. and preparing for their first block class. This time is the official start to the school day.
If your student will be absent, even for remote learning, please contact our school attendance secretaries before 7:40 a.m. each day. If you leave a voicemail or email, please include your student's name and the reason for the absence. We appreciate your partnership and support and look forward to learning together in person soon.
Email addresses for attendance:
Burke High School Attendance Phone Numbers:
Burke High School Fax Number for Medical Notes:
Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Are you struggling with remote learning or coping with all the changes?
Burke has a Community Counselor available to provide both in-person and telehealth counseling services to support you and your families during this difficult time. Visit www.bestcare.org/CCP to complete paperwork or contact the counselor directly for more information. Need immediate assistance? There is also a covid-19 emotional support talk line with counselors available Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.
Shelly Taylor, LCSW, LIMHP
Burke High School 531-299-2586
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
School-Based Health Centers are available to all OPS Students
Parental Resources and supports during Covid-19
Omaha Public Schools District Calendar
Important Dates At A Glance
November 3: No School for students; Election Day/Professional Development for teachers
November 4: No School for students; Professional Development for teachers
November 25-26-27: Thanksgiving Recess; No School for students
December 11: End of First Semester
December 14 - January 1: Winter Recess