Missouri Military Academy is focused upon providing the safest possible environment for our cadets, faculty and staff and supporting overall public health during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. On a global scale, the situation changes daily. Please refer to this web page often for the latest updates.
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 to stay informed regarding the latest developments.
Missouri Military Academy to Maintain a Contained Campus Through April 30, 2020
Missouri Military Academy (MMA) will maintain a contained campus through April 30, 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.
This containment period is to help protect the vulnerable in our local community and to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state and nation. For most people who become ill with COVID-19, they will experience mild symptoms, such as a headache and runny nose. The elderly and those with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes are at significant risk.
During this containment period ...
- There will be no general leave or off-campus activities for cadets.
- There will be no open weekend for the Easter holiday.
- 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.
- All Academy-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended.
MMA will continue to review data concerning the pandemic and follow the guidance of the Audrain County Health Department and CDC. The containment period may be extended or amended based on any new guidance from public health officials.
Event Changes and Cancellations
Athletic competitions — MMA will not travel to any off-campus competitions or hold any on our campus at this time. Cadets are continuing to practice each day and hone their skills.
Sunday church services — MMA cadets will not leave campus to attend Sunday church services. They are encouraged to watch services live streamed by their home church (attending virtually with their families) or to watch a local service live streamed (click here for a list of local churches with live streaming).
Messages to the MMA Community
How to properly wash your hands, following World Health Organization technique (sent March 10, 2020)
A message from the president regarding Academy containment (sent March 13, 2020)
Return from spring furlough and our measures to keep our community healthy (sent March 12, 2020)
A message from the president about the coronavirus (sent February 29, 2020)
Questions about the coronavirus/COVID-1?
Call 877-435-8411 — the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' statewide public hotline.
Regarding prevention of COVID-19 at MMA
The precautions needed for prevention of COVID-19 are the same precautions already in place on the Missouri Military Academy campus for protection against influenza. We have increased these precautions to prevent and/or limit any exposure of the virus to cadets, faculty and staff. For example,
- Disinfectant wipes are provided in the barracks offices for cadets to use regularly in cleaning their rooms, computers and phones. We will maintain ample supplies of these prevention materials.
- We have added extra signage throughout the barracks, classrooms and restrooms regarding proper hygiene and room disinfecting.
- Hand sanitizer is available in classrooms, common areas and in the dining hall.
- We have increased the frequency of cleaning by our 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.
- 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 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 residential faculty officer, 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.