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Fall 2020 Strategy

Current: July 31, 2020 

With the long-term impact and breadth of the coronavirus pandemic still unknown, planning for Fall 2020 began as soon as Distance Learning did this spring. In the final trimester of the 2019-20 school year, Burke's administrative team solicited feedback from students, parents, and faculty through three surveys in April-June, as well as virtual Town Halls for every grade in April and "follow up" Town Halls for middle school, high school, and incoming families in May; advisors also conducted individual distance learning "check-ins" with each family.

In May, we formally launched a Fall 2020 Task Force, composed of four working groups. The group leads and the chair of the Board of Trustees constitute the steering committee. Group members include faculty, staff, student leaders, as well as experts in public health, operations, and architecture. Our Task Force groups have met frequently in May through July and will announce a model for Fall 2020 during the week of August 3

Why wait until early August? In short, we want to minimize the chance that we will need to shift course. In late July, the DC Mayor extended the public health emergency to October 9, and local circumstances and regulations continue to evolve. Our goal is to craft a flexible and innovative program that can respond to the different conditions that may arise in the coming months.

Task Force Working Groups

List of 4 items.

Professional Development

List of 2 items.

  • Global Online Academy

    Burke has contracted with Global Online Academy to provide comprehensive professional development for our faculty in the summer months, as we prepare for multiple learning scenarios in Fall 2020.
  • Independent School Management

    Burke is also participating in trainings through Independent School Management (ISM), particularly around optimizing student schedules in a hybrid environment.

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