Fall 2020 Information

Our goals in the coming year are to prioritize the health and well-being of our community, and to partner with families to support our students’ learning, and social-emotional development as seamlessly as possible. We would like nothing more than to have our students learning on campus, in-person as much as possible in the coming year when it is safe to do so.

This year, flexibility and being nimble are of the utmost importance and will be guiding lights during this unprecedented time. 

Although much has changed regarding teaching and learning, our  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


Burke’s launched via distance learning on September 2 with a plan to return to the hybrid model, if allowed to, on October 1. That date has been moved to October 5 based on SFDPH requirements for a staggered schedule starting with kindergarten and first grade. This new date is pending approval of our waiver application after the scheduled site visit.

Please review the September 17 communication for more information.
We are eager to be together, but we will not compromise on the safety of our faculty, staff, and students. We invite you to read Burke's complete Health and Safety Plan.

Useful Documents & Forms

All student classroom Zoom links will be found on the student device. The  MyBurke's website calendar is populated with Zoom links for community events and parent meetings.

Burke's Community Meetings

The next Burke's Community Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
If you were unable to join the Burke’s Community Meeting on Tuesday, September 15, you may view the video by visiting the Burke's Parent Resource page. You will be required to login to the website to view the video.

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.


List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q What are the protocols if someone has suspected or confirmed Covid-19?

    Burke’s will follow the response protocols as directed by the San Francisco Department of Public health regarding measures to be taken when a community member has symptoms, is diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed. Per the protocols, “contact” is defined by a person who is less than 6 feet from a confirmed case for greater than 15 minutes. You can view the complete SFDPH guidance here and Burke's Health and Safety plan is available here.
  • 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 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.
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