Missouri Military Academy (MMA) will maintain a contained campus through April 3, 2020. During this time, MMA cadets will have minimal contact with anyone outside of the immediate MMA community and will not leave campus. There are no known cases involving coronavirus disease COVID-19 at Missouri Military Academy or in Mexico, Missouri.
“We will remain vigilant in our efforts to support the health of our MMA community – cadets, faculty and staff – as well as to help protect the vulnerable in our local community and slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state and nation,” said Missouri Military Academy President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). “Our goal is to continue providing the best education possible for cadets while we also manage our campus appropriately to support public health.”
During this containment period, the following will be implemented:
- There will be no general leave or off-campus activities for cadets.
- MMA will not participate in any extracurricular, off-campus competitions.
- Cadets will not attend church services off campus. Online streaming for services will be provided to cadets when available.
- Campus will be closed to visitors who are non-essential to business operations.
- There will be no fast food deliveries to campus.
- Spring Family Weekend and the Maroon & Gold Gala planned for March 27-29, 2020 are cancelled.
- All Academy-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended.
In addition, MMA has increased preventive measures to limit any exposure of the virus to cadets, faculty and staff:
- Disinfectant wipes are provided in the barracks offices for cadets to use regularly in cleaning their rooms, computers and phones.
- Extra signage was added throughout the barracks, classrooms and restrooms regarding proper hygiene and room disinfecting.
- Hand sanitizer is available in classrooms, common areas and the dining hall.
- Cleaning has increased by custodial staff for surfaces frequently touched by cadets, such as doors, bathrooms, handrails, desks, tables, etc.
- The health and wellbeing of every cadet is monitored daily by faculty and residential faculty officers, and MMA health clinic staff will take cadets’ temperatures every day from March 16 to 30 to quickly identify and isolate any illness.
MMA also monitored cadet travel during spring break. No cadets, faculty or staff traveled to China, Italy or South Korea, the three countries identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as under Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission), during spring break.
The latest updates regarding the coronavirus from MMA are available on the Academy’s web site.