Over the summer, federal and state guidance regarding school reopening in the U.S. has evolved. As we developed our protocol for COVID risk mitigation for the upcoming semester, our guiding principles are as follows:
- We believe on-campus experiences and in-person instruction will always be more effective than virtual interaction in educating and inspiring our cadets to fulfill their potential.
- We must provide a full calendar of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in a military school environment that creates layers of protection against COVID-19.
- We will be prepared to deliver distance learning to cadets when needed, but we will work first and foremost to support on-campus quality instruction and cadet life.
- We must uphold our responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and cadets as we also work to meet the academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of our growing cadets.
- We remain flexible and responsive to any developments related to COVID-19 and to implementing the latest best practices and guidance from local, state and federal health and school officials.
Our Fall 2020 Protocols
- Staggered return of cadets in three phases and contactless pre-registration and quick drop-off of cadets.
- Closely evaluating all cadets for required vaccinations, physicals and any underlying health risks or concerns.
- Cadets will sleep in separate rooms for their first 14 days on campus.
- COVID testing on-campus for all cadets, faculty and staff.
- Social distancing and small, in-person classes and activities, where possible.
- Daily questions and temperature screening to monitor health for cadets, faculty and staff.
- Masks worn by cadets except during meal times and selected extracurricular and outdoor activities.
- Face shields worn by faculty in the classrooms. Masks worn by staff and faculty while outside of their offices and while in the presence of cadets.
- Limited off-campus events to minimize risk of exposure.
- No non-essential visitors will be allowed on campus.
- No general leave will be permitted.
- Virtual events in lieu of Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend.
- Following the strict guidelines established by MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Athletic and Activities Association) for competition in athletics with other schools. There will also be participation in intramural sports on campus between companies.
- Maximized use of our 288-acre campus to keep cadets outdoors, active and challenged.
- Emphasis on educating cadets regarding best practices for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, such as the importance of proper hand-washing and face coverings, and their social and personal responsibility to protect the health of others through their actions.
- Daily monitoring of our ventilation systems.
- Continuous deep cleaning, disinfection and sanitation of barracks, classrooms, common areas, day rooms, locker rooms, athletic facilities, and vehicles/buses.
- Increased frequency of cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, such as doors, bathrooms, handrails, desks, tables, etc.
- Increased laundering and emphasis on personal hygiene.
- Strict food service guidelines.
- Disinfectant wipes are provided in the barracks offices for cadets to use regularly in cleaning their personal rooms, computers and phones. We will maintain ample supplies of these sanitation materials.
- We have added extra signage throughout the barracks, classrooms and restrooms regarding proper hygiene and room disinfecting.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Academy, including common areas and in the dining hall.
Our Summer 2020 Protocols
What to expect at MMA during summer 2020:
- There will be no general leave for cadets (approximately 20 cadets will remain on campus during the summer of 2020).
- 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. Visits from prospective families are welcome. All approved guests will be asked to have their temperature checked upon arrival, following the same protocol in place for our faculty, staff and cadets who remain on campus for the summer.
- There will be no fast food deliveries to campus.
Our Prospective Families Protocols
As we remain focused on providing the safest possible environment for our cadets, faculty and staff and supporting overall public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, we also recognize that there are many young men who may seek an improved educational environment and in-person learning during during this challenging time. The following are protocols for prospective families visiting MMA...
- Temperature checks and health questions at the front door.
- Required use of hand sanitizer provided.
- Everyone on campus must wear a mask at all times. Your admissions counselor will also wear a mask during your meeting.
- Campus visits will be limited to two family members and the prospective cadet.
Questions about COVID-19?
We are in regular contact with the Audrain County Health Department and following contact with the CDC to stay informed regarding the latest developments.
The MMA campus is currently closed to visitors and vendors who are not essential to campus operations. Please call ahead if you have any questions regarding a visit to MMA.
All vendors to campus with essential business are directed to check in at Stribling Hall during normal business hours or to B Barracks after hours. If anyone has a temperature or symptoms of respiratory illness, he or she will not be allowed on campus.
The virus is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact — by inhaling or touching infected droplets — usually through a cough or sneeze — from an infected person.
Based on current information, the following symptoms may appear from 2 to 14 days after exposure: fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Cadets — If you experience any of these symptoms, please tell a company leadership advisors, faculty or staff member immediately for care and evaluation.
Faculty/Staff — If you experience any of these symptoms, please call your health provider for evaluation. Do not return to work until you have been cleared by your health provider and are fever-free for at least 72 hours.