Burke Bulldog Weekly Update

Important information and updates for learning

Message from Principal Rasmussen

Dear Burke High Families,

We have transitioned back into the Family 3/2 model with students with last names A-K reporting in-person on Monday, Tuesday, and alternating Wednesdays and our last names L-Z reporting on Thursday and Friday and alternating Wednesdays.

Bulldogs, we need your cooperation during these challenging times to stay connected on-line with our teachers. We have layers of health and safety protocols at school. Face coverings, social distancing, frequent handwashing and sanitizing and enhanced disinfecting routines are all in place for the protection of students, staff and families.

We know we have health and safety protocols in school. What we do outside of our school doors will most likely determine whether we are learning together or remotely. Please do your part to limit the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.

Please check into our school website frequently for any updated information. We will also update this link with important information.

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.

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Attention Seniors.....Senior pictures due January 31

Senior Yearbook Information

As a senior in the Burke High School class of 2021, you may make arrangements to use your senior portrait in the yearbook. Please, read the following direction carefully to ensure your picture is included correctly.

1. A professional photographer should take our senior portrait. You may use any photographer as long as they follow all of the guidelines. If you do not use your own photographer or follow all of the guidelines, your Scholastic school ID photo will be used.

2. Only head and shoulder shots will be accepted. We will not accept other poses such as face only, profiles or side views, full-length, or double exposures.

3. Background colors are best when neutral. Use medium grays, tans, or light backgrounds. If you choose an outdoor pose, try to keep the background as plain as possible.

4. A JPEG digital copy of the photo must arrive at the main office or email by, Sunday, January 31st. In order for use to meet our deadline, this date is final and will not be changed.

5. SCREENSHOTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. We need the original photo from the photographer.

6. The correct spelling of your name must be sent with your file. It is best if the file name is the student name.

7. This is a full color yearbook. Please submit a color photograph.

8. Purchase of portraits from the photographer is a private transaction between the student, their parents, and the photographer; it does not involve Burke High School.

We suggest you show these guidelines to your photographer so that he or she is fully aware of the regulations regarding your portrait. Remember: your portrait must be delivered or emailed (by you or your photographer) to:

Angela Wolfe, Yearbook Adviser email: burkeyearbook@ops.org


Purchase Senior Ad space at


You can purchase space in the yearbook to leave your son/daughter or friends a special message and pictures. Go to yearbookforever.com and enter “Omaha Burke” into the search. From there, find the link that says “personal ads.” Clicking on that link will give you the option to 1. Simply purchase an ad and let the yearbook staff design it for you. 2. Upload an ad from another program that you designed yourself. 3. Create an ad using their online templates. Prices vary depending on the size. What a great way to leave something special that your senior will keep and remember forever. Prices: Full Page - $240, Half Page - $145, Quarter Page - $85, Eighth Page - $50.


The Burke Yearbook staff will also be offering $10 senior portrait sessions throughout the year. If you would like to have your portraits taken on campus during the school day, you can schedule a time with one of our Burke photographers to do so. The $10 fee will cover a 30 minute photo session and we will release all of the photos to you when we are finished in JPEG format. You can choose one of these poses as your yearbook photo and the images are yours to use as you see fit. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send us an email at burkeyearbook@ops.org.

Phased Return to In-Person for the Second Semester

Students returning from Winter Break will be phased into in-person learning. Burke High School students, with the exception of our ACP students, will begin in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19 through the Family 3/2 model. ALL students will connect remotely beginning on Tuesday, January 5th.
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Tech Support during remote learning

If students are having technology issues during our temporary remote learning, please email Burke Technology Support at burke-ts@ops.org

This email will go directly to our building tech support team and they will work to assist your needs.

Daily Schedule for November 30 - December 4

We are back in the Family 3/2 model for learning. This will be on an ODD and EVEN day rotation.

Monday, November 30: A-K report in-person; Even Day classes

Tuesday, December 1: A-K report in-person; Odd Day classes

Wednesday, December 2: L-Z report in-person; Even Day classes

Thursday, December 3: L-Z report in-person; Odd Day classes

Friday, December 4: L-Z report in-person; Even Day classes

School Picture Information for Virtual Learners

We have partnered with Scholastic Photography to provide school picture opportunities for our virtual learners. Please see the attached flyer and schedule your appointment today!

Cash Instead Of Bash - Burke Bulldog Annual Fundraiser

Please consider donating to our annual fundraiser this year. Cash Instead Of Bash is our month long fundraiser to help support our amazing teachers, staff, and students. Every cent of donations will go to support programs for Bulldog students and staff. This fundraiser will run November 1 through December 11. Let's do this Bulldog Nation! Detailed information is included in this link: www.omahaburkepto.org
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Bell Schedule for all students during full remote learning

We have attached a downloadable PDF of our bell schedule when as we return to in-person learning and for our remote students. This will be an alternating Odd/Even day block schedule.
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Family 3/2 In-Person Calendar for Second Quarter

High School students return for in-person learning following the Family 3/2 model beginning on October 19th. We have attached downloadable PDF's of the Second Quarter of the Family 3/2 Model for in-person learning. We are including a December calendar view for your planning.
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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

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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.

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At Home Self-Health Assessment

Omaha Public Schools Community,

Every day before they leave home, families must complete a self-health assessment, asking themselves three vital questions:

  1. Has your child had a fever of 100.4 or greater, a new cough, new onset of shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell in the last 24 hours?
  2. Is your child waiting for a COVID-19 test result due to symptoms or a close contact exposure?
  3. Has anyone in your household been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you will be expected to stay home.

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Face Coverings will be provided to students upon return

Students will receive a 5-pack of face coverings on the first day of reporting back in-person. Our teachers will provide these to students in their first block classes. Students can wear a personal face covering as long as it covers the face and nose securely. Bandanas are not considered face coverings and students will be asked to put on a face covering that meets our district guidance.

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.

After-School Virtual Tutoring Available

We are offering after-school virtual tutoring to students who are interested. This tutoring will be provided on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday from 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Students must sign up for an appointment with one of the tutors through Bookings. Information and links to Bookings are on our school website (within the daily bulletin) and included in this update. After booking an appointment, students will receive an email with a link to the Team for the tutoring. Subject areas include: English, math, science, technology support, ELL, French, and Spanish. Each slot is for 30 minutes. If you have addition questions, Laura Geiger can assist my emailing her at Laura.Geiger@ops.org

Click the DogHouse Bulletin for link to tutoring sign up:


Attendance Procedures

Teachers take attendance daily at the start of the day & in each secondary class. We ask families to help make sure students are on time, logged in & prepared. We ask families to call in to the attendance office when your student is unable to attend class, at school or remote.

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:


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Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Student schedules are available to view through our Infinite Campus Parent/Student portal. The parent portal provides families and students opportunities to check grades, missing assignments, attendance,, view student schedules and many other features. If families or students do not have access to the parent portal, we ask that you contact Nyla Bodfield via email at nyla.bodfield@ops.org for assistance. Ms. Bodfield can also be reached at 531-299-3928.
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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

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School-Based Health Centers are available to all OPS Students

The Omaha Public Schools has 4 school-based health centers that are available and open for all Omaha Public Schools students. As a result of Covid-19, we know many parents have experienced concerns about taking their children to the doctor. Vaccinations, physicals and health screenings are more important now than ever. School-based health centers are located at Bryan High School, Indian Hill Elementary, Liberty Elementary, and Spring Lake Elementary. Families can call and schedule an appointment at 402-734-4110.
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Parental Resources and supports during Covid-19

Check out the following information for resources to support learning during Covid-19. The below resources may offer help in supporting parents who may need to continue to work from home, while also helping their children with remote learning or finding alternative childcare solutions.

Omaha Public Schools District Calendar

We are attaching the latest district calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

2020-21 School Year Calendar Update

Attached, please find a copy of the updated 2020-21 school year calendar. All updates reflect adjustments to the Family 3/2 Instructional Model schedule.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 24 is now a Yellow L-Z day, to allow for in-person student time before Thanksgiving Break
  • Family 3/2 Instructional Model shading through second semester, in 2021

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Important Dates At A Glance

November 25-26-27: Thanksgiving Recess; No School for students

December 11: End of First Semester

December 14 - January 1: Winter Recess

January 4: No School; Teacher Planning and Prep Day

January 5 - January 8: Students are in Full Remote Learning

January 11 - January 15: ACP students and Hearing Impaired Students report in-person; All other students remain in Full Remote Learning

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr Day; No School

January 19: The Family 3/2 Model returns with our A-K students reporting in-person