Burke Bulldog Weekly Update

Important information and updates for learning

Message from Principal Rasmussen

Dear Burke High Families,

Looking Forward to 2021-2022

Our students, staff, families and community rose to each challenge presented so far in the pandemic with a deep commitment to serving our young people.

Our district was among the first large, urban school systems to resume in-person learning and remains a leader in health and safety efforts. Following a deep-dive into first semester academic data, Omaha Public Schools developed a multi-year approach to address unfinished teaching and learning due to the pandemic.

We know that strong, consistent engagement with students is essential. With that in mind, the Omaha Virtual School will be our only blended learning option for the 2021-22 school year. In the Omaha Virtual School, students spend four days a week learning independently at home and attend in-person sessions once each week. Our district will add space for 400 new students in the program, beyond the current enrollment of approximately 200. New enrollments will be determined based on space and application criteria.

Our 1:1 technology initiative will continue to be an important part of our classroom teaching and learning, enriching classroom lessons and providing access to materials outside the school day.

Every Omaha Public Schools staff member has been invited to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We are working with the Douglas County Health Department to reach eligible students and that effort will continue. Other specific health and safety measures for the 2021-22 school year will be determined and communicated closer to August, working with medical experts and public health officials. Of course, if health conditions in our community change dramatically, we will be ready to adjust our plans.

We will continue to keep you informed as we know more. We value open communication with the families and community we serve.

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.

Mobile Vaccine Clinics Coming To A School Near You

Omaha Public Schools in collaboration with the Douglas County Health Department has coordinated additional COVID-19 Clinics for our community. These clinics will be mobile pop-up clinics and no appointments will be necessary.

Burke High School will host mobile vaccine clinics on the following upcoming dates:

Monday, June 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Munday, June 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For additional locations and times of mobile vaccine clinics, click on the attached document below

Student Issued Ipad Summer Information

Beginning June 1, student Ipads will not be able to connect to the internet and apps from 10:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. This is during the summer months. Messages will be on the Ipads so that students will not think that they are not working or broken. The mobile hotspot feature will be disabled as well. This is a decision made at our district level. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Metro Transit service free to K-12 students!

Metro Transportation announced the K-12 Rides Free Program which will allow all K-12 students in the Omaha metro or surrounding area to use any Metro service (bus, MOBY, and ORBT) for free, any time a service is in operation.

What Do Students Need to Do?

Metro is asking that high school students show a valid school-issued ID when boarding. For those that do not have a school-issued ID, Metro will provide one. Elementary and middle school students can simply inform drivers that they are students. The program will run from May 10, 2021 through June 1, 2022 and is being funded by a local philanthropic grant.

More Information

Families who have specific questions can find more information at ometro.com/k-12 or can call Metro’s Customer Service line at 402.341.0800, or k-12@ometro.com.

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District Calendar for 2021-2022

The district calendar has been released for 2021-2022. We have provided a snapshot of the calendar here. We are also including a calendar to download for your use.
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Online Payment Options within Omaha Public Schools

Online Payment is a reliable and secure electronic payment processing solution for fees and fines transactions. The Infinite Campus Online Payment has been launched and parents or guardians can set up a payment method and select fees to pay through their Campus Parent Portal account.

Parents or guardians must have a Campus Parent account to do this. If a parent or guardian needs to set up their account, they should contact their child's school.

Proposed Academies and Pathways of Burke High School

The Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways comes after an evaluation and refocus of current programming. It builds on what has been working well and where we can grow. It ensures students gain real-world career experience while maintaining the foundation of core classes and access to advanced academics, fine arts and electives. All high schools will remain comprehensive.

Proposed Academies and Pathways

The Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways align with high skill, high wage, in-demand future jobs. They give students the opportunity to explore a potential career field while gaining skills that will be beneficial in the next chapter of their story. In Omaha Public Schools, some high schools will offer academies, while others offer pathways. The experiences are what students make of them.

Proposed Freshman Academy

Our District recognizes the important transition from middle school to high school. As all OPS students enter their high school journey, they will participate in Freshman Academy. They will explore careers and focus on skills for success in high school and beyond.

Selecting an Academy or Pathway

During their freshman year, students will select an academy or a pathway at their school. Students in both academies and pathways take their core classes (English, math, social studies and science) along with career-focused classes and electives. Student choices are what determine the differences in high school experience. To understand the options, we have provided a definition below:

  • Academies are a small learning community with a career focus. Groups of students with a similar career interest take classes together. Career-focused classes proceed from one to the next in a series.

  • Pathways are a series of four or more classes focused on a group of related careers, or cluster. Students in a pathway take classes with a wide range of other students across career interests.

Advanced Academics

In both academies and pathways, students will have fun, engaging and hands-on learning opportunities. No matter which academy or pathway a student selects, they will have access to advanced academic courses through a variety of programs that include advanced placement, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate or Dual Enrollment. The specific offerings will be based on their high school.

Elective Courses

Our District believes it is important for students to have a well-rounded education. All students will continue to have access to a variety of electives that include the performing and fine arts, world languages, JROTC and other extra-curricular activities.

The Academies of Burke High School

● Freshman Academy
● Air and Space Academy
● Leadership Academy
● Communications Academy

What are Academies and Pathways? Check out these links for additional information.



Important Dates At A Glance

August 2 : Back To School Check-In 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

August 3: Back To School Check-In 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

August 17: Freshman First Day

August 18: All Students Return