COVID-19 Information

The following policies, protocols and recommendations are in place for the fall 2021 semester. However, if warranted by the public health situation, additional safeguards may be implemented, such as face covering and social distancing requirements, to support our goal of keeping cadets active, learning and in as healthy environment as possible. To view the latest information regarding Missouri and COVID-19, please click here.

Open Campus

MMA’s campus is open to parents, alumni and other visitors. Please check in at Stribling Hall upon arrival.

We have planned a full range of academic, athletic and military related activities this fall, and we expect record attendance for Homecoming (September 17-19) and Fall Family Weekend (October 15-18). We hope you will join us for both.

Please visit the Important Dates page to view a list of events that are open to families and make plans to attend.


Face Coverings

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a face covering or socially distance while on MMA’s campus. For partially vaccinated, unvaccinated and those who are immunocompromised or have a weakened immune system (even if fully vaccinated), it is recommended that you wear a face covering when indoors and in close contact with others you do not live or interact with on a regular basis.

We encourage all guests, cadets and MMA employees to continue to follow the best safe practices, such as wearing face coverings, based on their own COVID-19 risk factors.


Vaccinations

Supporting the CDC’s and Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) recommendations, we continue to encourage faculty, staff, and cadets to stay current on all recommended vaccinations, including the COVID and influenza vaccines.

It is important that we have accurate and up-to-date immunization records on all cadets, including any applicable waivers for medical or religious reasons. We expect each family to provide appropriate information to our health clinic for their cadet(s) so that we may act in each cadet’s best interests in an expeditious manner.

As with all medical information, information regarding vaccinations will remain confidential.


Risk Mitigation Strategies

Committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all our cadets and employees, we will maintain the following risk mitigation measures, in addition to encouraging vaccinations in consultation with your doctor:

  • Initial COVID testing of all cadets and employees, as well as random testing
  • For cadets desiring immunizations, working with parents/guardians to schedule COVID and flu vaccinations for those cadets­­­
  • Emphasis on educating cadets regarding best practices for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, such as the importance of proper handwashing 
  • Regular monitoring of our ventilation systems
  • Continuous cleaning, disinfection and sanitation of barracks, classrooms, common areas, day rooms, locker rooms, athletic facilities, and vehicles/buses
  • Consistent cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, such as doors, bathrooms, handrails, desks, tables, etc.
  • Emphasis on good personal hygiene
  • Implementation of recommended safe food service guidelines
  • Disinfectant wipes provided in the barracks offices for cadets to use regularly in cleaning their personal rooms, computers and phones
  • Hand sanitizer available throughout the Academy, including common areas and in the dining hall

To maintain this level of effort of mitigating risk and to maintain as healthy an environment as possible, MMA will continue a COVID fee — $50 per cadet per semester (compared to $100/semester last year).


COVID Protocols for Positive Cases

If a cadet has COVID symptoms, he will …

  • be assessed by our MMA health center staff and, if necessary, a local physician
  • be tested for COVID, if a test is warranted
  • remain cared for by our staff but isolated from the corps until the test results are returned and/or he is deemed not contagious.

If a cadet has a verified positive COVID test and his family lives within a day’s drive from MMA …

  • His family will be asked to pick him up to quarantine at home for 10 to 14 days or as recommended by the local health department. Families may request for their cadet to stay on campus during the quarantine period (requests to be reviewed by the commandant).
  • He will be expected to continue his schoolwork via distance learning, when he feels well enough to do so.
  • He will be allowed to rejoin the corps when he has been released from quarantine by the health department.      

If a cadet has a verified positive COVID test and his family’s home is farther than a day’s drive from MMA …

  •  He will remain in quarantine on campus in a space specifically used only for isolation purposes (for example, in a specific barracks or barracks floor not used by other cadets or in a health clinic room) for 10 to 14 days or as recommended by the local health department.
  • He will be cared for by our commandant’s and health clinic staff.
  • He will be expected to continue his schoolwork via distance learning, when he feels well enough to do so.
  • He will be allowed to rejoin the corps when he has been released from quarantine by the health department.              

When a COVID case is confirmed at MMA, we will …

  • communicate with the entire MMA family (including cadets, faculty, staff and parents) that there is a positive case
  • not name (nor provide any personally identifiable information for) any cadets, faculty and staff affected to protect privacy
  • identify and notify, in collaboration with the health department, any potential close contacts (those with more than 15 minutes exposure with no face covering)*
  • conduct extra cleaning/disinfecting in the areas where the affected person spent time
  • ensure affected employees and cadets* self-isolate for the required amount of time identified by the health department (families who live within a day’s travel time will be encouraged to pick up cadets who must self-isolate)
  • require release from the local health department before an affected employee returns to work or an affected cadet rejoins the corps

*Following CDC recommendations, if someone who has been vaccinated is a close contact for someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the vaccinated individual does not need to isolate or get tested unless they exhibit symptoms.

Questions about COVID-19?

Click here for the latest from the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. 

We are in regular contact with the Audrain County Health Department and following the CDC to stay informed regarding the latest developments.

The following links provide helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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