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 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 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.