School Closure Information

Burke’s is committed to our mission to educate, encourage and empower girls, even from far away. Our distance learning program is being designed to strike the most appropriate balance between synchronous and asynchronous learning for each grade level. None of the grades will be totally synchronous because our research — and what we’ve learned from independent school colleagues from around the world — tells us that this is not a distance learning best practice for students in grades K-8. The most important thing for us at this time is our students’ emotional and physical health. Although so much has changed regarding teaching and learning these past few weeks — this guiding principle has not. In fact, this commitment to the whole child has been — and continues to be — our North Star. 

Please send any comments or questions directly to communications@kdbs.org

Updated April 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Announcements & Cancellations


Burke’s will be aligning with Public Health Officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara County and San Francisco to extend the period of our school closure through May 1, 2020Distance learning will continue through the planned Spring Break on April 13 when our “virtual campus” will close for a week. The previous Friday, April 10, will continue as a professional development day giving teachers time to work on curriculum, although some distance learning will be put in place that day to help provide structure for families.
 

This campus closure impacts ALL activities including academic, extra-curricular activities, athletic games/practices, and performances.

Burke's Community Meeting Video Available

 
If you were unable to join the Burke’s Community Meeting on Wednesday, April 1, you may view the video by visiting the Burke's Parent Life Group page. You will be required to login to the website to view the video.
 
 

Learning Plans

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Burke's Tech Support

Submit tech help requests via BurkesTechHelp.org. Our team will respond as quickly as possible between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

FAQs

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q Does Burke's have health and wellness resources it can recommend for parents and students?

    We know this is a time of uncertainty and your children may be feeling anxious about school and life in general. Burke's Lower School Counselor Jessica Nenner and Upper School Counselor Alkmini Hormovas will be updating the Counseling Resources web page on a regular basis.
  • Q When does Burke's plan to reopen?

    Burke’s will be aligning with Public Health Officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara County and San Francisco to extend the period of our school closure through May 1, 2020Distance learning will continue through the planned Spring Break on April 13 when our “virtual campus” will close for a week. This campus closure impacts ALL activities including academic, extra-curricular activities, athletic games/practices, and performances. 
  • Q How do I submit feedback about the Learning Continuity Plan?

    Please use the links at the top of this page to submit any feedback regarding your student's experience. There are separate forms for Upper School and Lower School.
  • Q What if I need help with my student's device?

    We are committed to providing responsive technology support to our students and their families as they use their Burke’s-owned devices at home. Submit tech help requests via BurkesTechHelp.org. Our team will respond as quickly as possible between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
  • Q What can I do to keep my family healthy?

    Be sure to take the following precautions to prevent the spread of colds, flu and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus:  
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

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