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PSAT to be Given on October 14th

News Type:  Parents Date:  Thursday, September 24, 2020

The PSAT Test will be given to ALL 10th & 11th grade cadets on Wednesday, October 14th.  This is basically a practice test for the SAT and is mandatory for the cadets in this grade level.  Parents do not have to register their son for this test or pay a fee.  FUMA will handle all the logistics of this test.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Test Director, Ms. Rhonda White at whiter@fuma.org.

Transportation Planning for Thanksgiving Leave

News Type:  Parents Date:  Tuesday, September 15, 2020

 

Thanksgiving Leave will be upon us sooner than we realize, and now is the time to begin making your transportation plans! Below are some important updates to keep in mind.

 

THANKSGIVING LEAVE DEPARTURE

Leave departure will begin at the end of classes on Friday, November 20, 2020 at approximately 1230.  All Cadets must have arrangements to be off campus by 1800 (6:00 pm) on Friday, November 20, 2020.  Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed and approved by the Commandant.
 

PARENT/GUARDIAN TRANSPORTATION/PICK-UP

Cadets leaving campus by car will depart from their respective company. They must sign-out with their TAC Officer prior to leaving campus.  Cadets must be picked up by the person listed on their leave form.  Please be prepared to show an ID if requested.  Cadets may not leave campus with anyone under the age of 21.

If a cadet is traveling with another cadet/cadet’s family or carpooling, the leave office must receive written permission from both cadets’ parents/guardians.
 

FUMA TRANSPORTATION

Fork Union Military Academy has shuttles scheduled to depart at 1245 on 20 November 2020 to the following locations:  Richmond AMTRAK, Richmond Airport, Richmond Greyhound, Tyson’s Corner, Washington National Airport, and Dulles Airport for major leaves.  Private hire drivers may be available to other locations, or at earlier/later times. See FUMA Transportation Information and Request Forms (Below) for additional information.

MAJOR LEAVE BUS SCHEDULE

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION AND FEES

TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM

All transportation requests must be made in writing (no phone calls please) and received no later than November 1, 2020.  A copy of the cadet’s airline/train/bus ticket must be provided, along with request for transportation, and should be emailed to transportation@fuma.org.
 

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Cadets traveling as “unaccompanied minors” must be escorted to and from the gate of their public transportation.  The determination is made by the public transportation carrier and is based on age. If your cadet is under the age limit, please email transportation@fuma.org for information and arrangements for transportation and escort.
 

INTERNATIONAL CADETS

Due to travel and departure times, International Cadets that are taking international flights home are authorized to depart the day prior to the end of the term for major leave breaks, if approved by the Cadets teacher, Academic Dean and Commandant’s Department. Cadets that are requesting to depart early for international flights must not depart prior to taking term finals; prior coordination must be made with the Cadets instructor.  Early departure requests must be submitted 3 weeks in advance to the Commandant’s Department so that transportation requests can be submitted and approved.
 

LEAVE RETURN

Cadets are to return to FUMA no earlier than 0900 (9:00 am) and no later than 1900 (7:00 pm) on Sunday, January 10, 2021. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed and approved by the Commandant.
 

QUESTIONS?

Please email transportation@fuma.org with any additional questions.

 

Two Weeks in and All is Well

News Type:  COVID-19 Updates Parents Date:  Monday, August 31, 2020


This past Thursday marked the end of our first two weeks since we started classes on campus. We are very pleased to tell you that we are doing very well in creating our "bubble" around our boarding environment here, and we have had zero cases of COVID-19 on campus within our student body or our staff since our cadets arrived on campus.


Cadets are following our safety protocols very well

As you have no doubt seen from the photographs of cadets in the classroom, at drill, or in physical activities, we have been maintaining our prevention protocols. Our cadets have been doing an excellent job in maintaining social distance or wearing their masks when social distancing is not possible. Even as they are playing table tennis in the social center, they are wearing their masks!

Thanks to the adherence to these protective measures by our young men, we are succeeding in starting our school year off safely.

You should be very proud of these cadets. They are performing admirably under these challenging conditions.
 


What about Weekend Leaves? Will there be a Parents Weekend?

I have been hearing questions from parents about when their sons might be able to return home on leave, can families come to campus for a visit, or what our plans are for Parents Weekend in October.

We understand that it is difficult for parents to be separated from their young men, especially during unsettling times such as these that we are experiencing. I completely empathize with the need for some concrete answers about these things, though some answers are still to be determined.

Our number one goal is to maintain a safe environment on campus for our cadets so that we can continue the school year without risking the trust and investment you and all of our families are making in sending your sons to us for in-person classroom education.

We have succeeded in only the first step of a lengthy journey: we have kept our environment safe for the first 14 days with no sign of COVID-19 on campus. Now we must work to continue that success.

Keeping our campus community safe and healthy is a responsibility we take very seriously during this pandemic. We don't want to risk our cadets, our staff, or your financial investment in our school, by easing up on our safety protocols at this time.
 

Weekend Leave

We do not currently plan to send our cadets home on leave during Term 1.

With cases of COVID-19 still rising in many cities and on a number of college campuses, we do not want to open our campus up to the threat of the coronavirus arriving on our campus through the movement of our cadets from campus to home and back again. We have all seen what has happened on many college campuses when safety protocols have not been maintained effectively. We intend to do better than that at Fork Union Military Academy. We will try to maintain our campus "bubble" as effectively as we can for the next several weeks.
 

Parent Visits to Campus

Some parents have asked why they are not permitted to visit campus, since we are allowing day students to travel from their homes to campus. This is a reasonable question, but the answer is quite simple.

The families of our boarding cadets live in a wide variety of areas, and many of them are still hotspots for COVID-19 infections. 

For example, Fairfax County, Virginia, has had over 18,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed during this pandemic. The Charlotte / Mecklenburg County area of North Carolina has reported over 25,000 cases.

In comparison, Fluvanna County, Virginia, where Fork Union Military Academy is located and where our day students reside, has seen a total of 225 cases since the beginning of the year, and nearly half of those occurred in two congregate living facilities located in our county. We are fortunate that our day students live in a community that has seen an extremely low risk of community spread of COVID-19. We assess our day students on a daily basis and take steps to mitigate the low level of risk of community spread from our day student population on campus.

However, if we were to open up our campus to visits from parents traveling from areas such as northern Virginia, or Nashville, or Charlotte, we would be bursting that "bubble" we have worked hard to create and increasing the risk that COVID-19 might be brought to our campus from a higher risk region.
 

Parents Weekend

We don't yet know what Parents Weekend in October will look like this year. It is entirely possible that many of the events we are used to holding on campus may be held virtually this year. That is still to be determined. At this moment, I would expect that our Parents Weekend will feature virtual online events and is unlikely to involve gatherings of family members on campus. However, we will not make that decision until closer to early October.
 


I know this is a challenging time for parents, for cadets...and for all of us

These are extraordinary times.

Here at Fork Union Military Academy we are working to succeed at something which so many of our nation's best universities have had difficulty doing in the past few weeks...holding in-person classroom education and keeping the COVID-19 pandemic at bay.

We ask all of our families for your understanding, your patience, and—most of all—your perseverence during this time.

Together, if we keep our prevention and mitigation protocols as a high priority, even when it makes us uncomfortable, we will be able to continue the successful journey we have begun.

The first two weeks are complete. We have another five weeks to go in Term 1. We will continue our journey, careful step by careful step.

Thank you, parents, for the trust you have placed in us by sending us your sons. We are working hard to meet our responsibility to you and your cadet, and we appreciate the support you have shown to our staff and faculty thus far.
 

 

Best regards,
Dan Thompson
Strategic Communications & Marketing
Fork Union Military Academy
Email: thompsod@fuma.org

Fork Union Names Seth Wilson as Head Postgraduate Basketball Coach

News Type:  Athletics Parents Date:  Monday, August 10, 2020 Tags:  PG Basketball

FORK UNION, VA – Fork Union Military Academy has named Seth Wilson as the head coach of the Postgraduate Basketball Program, the Academy announced Monday. Wilson has replaced longtime basketball coach Matt Donohue, who resigned for personal reasons last week. 
 
Wilson is no stranger to the program as he spent 18 months as an athletic intern and PG basketball assistant from January 2013 to July 2014. He returned to the Academy this past January to teach leadership after six years at the Covenant School in Charlottesville, Va., where he was a physical education teacher, head varsity football coach and head boy's junior varsity basketball coach. 
 
While at Covenant, Wilson was named 2018 Central Virginia Coach of the Year, 2018 VISFL Coach of the Year, 2017 Virginia Independent Conference Coach of the Year and two-time Falcon Club Private School Coach of the Year. Wilson led his football team to back-to-back undefeated state championships in 2018 and 2019, while accumulating a 27-2 career record in three seasons. 
 
Wilson is the owner and CEO of Growth Training, LLC in Charlottesville, where he offers individual and small group training for aspiring basketball players, sport-specific and physical education-themed programs, and leadership consulting to the Central Virginia area as he has 14 years of basketball coaching experience. 
 
A graduate of The University of Georgia, Wilson earned a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management. During his time at UGA, he worked as a student manager for the women's basketball program, volunteered as a youth football coach, and spent three years as a basketball development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks.  
 
For more information about Fork Union Athletics, follow the Department on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Update on Graduation Ceremony for Class of 2020

News Type:  Parents Date:  Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Fork Union Military Academy's Academic Dean, COL Mike Goad, has released new details of the Academy's plan for the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony to be held on campus on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Of the Class of 2020, 39 cadets have reserved tickets for themselves and up to five guests. The itinerary and other details about the event can be found in the graphics below. 

 


 

Download PDF Version

You can also download the 2020 Graduation Information flyer as a PDF document from this link.
 

Livestream Link

The Academy will be streaming the event live for those unable to attend or who wish to view the event online. You may watch the ceremony live at the following URL:

forkunion.com/2020graduation

An Important Update on Graduation

News Type:  Parents Date:  Friday, June 19, 2020


Important Update on Graduation

Today, I want to give you an important update regarding Graduation plans.

We will be providing you more details about the ceremony itself in the near future, but Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia made an important announcement yesterday that directly affects our graduation ceremony and I wanted to let you know about this immediately.
 

Group Events Limited to Maximum of 250 Participants in Phase 3

Governor Northam announced yesterday that during Phase 3 of Virginia's reopening, group events will be limited to a maximum of 250 participants.

We set our Graduation ceremony for July 18th in the expectation that we would be in Phase 3 at that point in time, and that group restrictions might be lifted completely. This new announcement means that, assuming we will be under Phase 3 guidelines on July 18th, we will be required to cap the number of attendees at our Graduation to 250.

If you have not yet RSVP'd to our Graduation Attendance Survey already, you must RSVP by Friday, June 26 in order to attend Graduation and take part in the ceremony.

If the total number of people at the ceremony is projected to exceed 250, we will be required to limit the number of tickets available to families, based on the order in which we have received their RSVP.

Please complete your Graduation Attendance Survey by clicking this link.

 

Best regards,
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
President
Fork Union Military Academy

Fork Union Military Academy to Hold Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony on Campus on July 18

News Type:  Parents Date:  Friday, May 8, 2020

Fork Union Military Academy announced this week that it would hold in person graduation exercises for seniors in the Class of 2020 on July 18, 2020. Founded in 1898, this will be the Academy's 121st commencement and is being planned to take place in the school's stadium where past graduations have been celebrated. School officials say that the July 18 date was chosen because it is expected to meet the schedule announced by Governor Northam for the lifting of restrictions on larger events.  Additional protocols will be shared with families as the graduation date approaches. 

"We will continue to monitor the changing circumstances," said Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.), the President of Fork Union Military Academy, "and we are developing a comprehensive plan for our graduation and our phased return to school. We are determined to have a graduation ceremony for our seniors that appropriately honors them and the completion of their high school journey. They have done very well under extraordinary circumstances and I couldn't be prouder of each one of them."
Out of an abundance of caution and its commitment to hold a traditional, in person graduation, the Academy has asked seniors and their families to also hold the weekend of July 30-August 1 in the event circumstances change.

The senior class hails from more than a dozen states and several countries. Fork Union is a college preparatory, Christian school; each member of the senior class has been accepted to at least one college.  The members of the Class of 2020 have been awarded college scholarship grants of more than $2.5 million.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused the closing of school campuses across Virginia, by order of Governor Ralph Northam. Many schools scrambled to put in place online learning alternatives. Fork Union Military Academy follows a unique curriculum plan called the One Subject Plan, in which students take just one class during each of the five grading terms of the school year. This simplified the school's conversion to distance learning for the final grading term.  Term 5 is subject to standard grading requirements, so the Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be announced after Term 5 is complete.

"Because each teacher is only teaching one class with approximately five to fifteen students," explains COL Mike Goad, Fork Union's Academic Dean, "we were able to set up distance learning in a way that was really tailored to the needs of each class. It's worked very smoothly for us. We miss having our students on campus, though, and we are looking forward to having a graduation ceremony this summer."

"Graduation from high school is a true rite of passage for our seniors," Goad continued. "Even though we had to send our students home and finish the school year with distance learning, we have been looking forward to the day when we could be together and celebrate the accomplishments of our senior class in person." 
 

Virtual Open House - Day Student Emphasis

News Type:  Parents Date:  Monday, April 27, 2020

Virtual Open House—Day Student Emphasis

Saturday May 2, 2020

10 AM Eastern

Join the Fork Union Military Academy Admissions team for a look at the programs and people that make the FUMA day student experience unique.  Included will be an interview with a current Day Student, as well a presentation on our Military program by MAJ Gary Leydig of our Commandant’s Department.  Information on the application process for both admission and financial aid will also be available. Please feel free to submit questions for cadet by sending an email to Admissions@fuma.org.

You may access the event through the following Zoom link:

 

Tripp Billingsley is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Virtual Open House--Day Student Emphasis

Time: May 2, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74449036881?pwd=aHk3ZjZhdjlVTGFxcnpUK3pPenJmdz09

Meeting ID: 744 4903 6881

Password: 6Ck0kd

 

COL Tripp Billingsley
Director of Admissions
Fork Union Military Academy
billingsleyt@fuma.org

An Update on the Coronavirus for all FUMA Families

News Type:  Parents Date:  Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The below email was sent to all families of currently enrolled Fork Union Military Academy cadets:

 

An Update on the Coronavirus for all FUMA Families

I am writing to you, and all of our Fork Union families, to update you on our response to the new coronavirus, and especially what impact it might have on our Spring Leave at the end of March (March 19,2020 to March 29, 2020). We have previously communicated specifically with our families located in the regions of the world most directly affected, but we want to make all of our cadet families aware of the steps we have taken, and will continue to take in the weeks ahead. 

We are currently reporting zero cases of flu (of any kind) at FUMA and have doubled our hand sanitizing stations and reinforcing cleanliness standards with our cadets, faculty, and staff, with sound leadership and supervision. Our Corps of Cadets is healthy. Thank you to the cadets, faculty, staff, parents, and our infirmary staff for keeping us safe and healthy. Well done and thank you to the FUMA Family!

Currently, the United States government has issued a "Level 4: Do Not Travel" travel advisory for China, and many US airlines are suspending air travel routes between the US and China. It is possible that other travel advisories may affect the greater Asia region between now and our scheduled Spring Leave, restricting travel to and from other countries in the region. The Centers for Disease Control advises that on arrival in the United States, travelers from China will undergo health screening. Travelers with signs and symptoms of illness (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) will have an additional health assessment. Travelers who have been in China during the past 14 days, including US citizens or residents and others who are allowed to enter the US, will be required to enter the US through specific airports and participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after they left China. Some people may have their movement restricted or be asked to limit their contact with others until the 14-day period has ended.

Because of this, we have strongly recommended that our international cadets not travel home during Spring Leave, but make plans to stay with relatives or guardians here in the United States for this leave period.

Our Director of International Enrollment, Mrs. Jackie Montero-Sharpe, has already been in close communication with the families of our cadets from the regions most affected at this time in order to modify their travel plans appropriately for this upcoming major leave. At this time, we are satisfied that families in these affected areas will be following this recommendation. 

Mrs. Heidi Yates, our Director of Health Services, has been closely monitoring all recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, and coordinating with our Academy Physician, Dr. Randolph Lanford, to insure that we are actively making all appropriate preparations to deal with this important health concern. 

Please know that your son's safety and well-being is our highest priority, and that we will continue to love, nurture, and care for him as a member of our own family. We thank you for the privilege you have granted us to be a part of his life, and of the life of your family. Please join with us in prayer for all of our families that are directly impacted by these travel restrictions.

 

Best regards,
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
President
Fork Union Military Academy
Email: cogginsdl@fuma.org

Inclement Weather Policy for Day Students

News Type:  Parents Date:  Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Safety is always our first priority for our cadets, and we have implemented the below policy and procedures to deal with the hazardous weather conditions that the winter season brings.
 

Day Students Still Expected to Attend Class

In the event of inclement weather, all day students are expected to attend class and should make arrangements with their respective TAC Officer to stay overnight if hazardous traveling conditions exist or are expected. 

To be clear, day students at Fork Union Military Academy are NOT subject to the Fluvanna County school system's "snow day" delays or cancellations. They must be in class as expected.

If the forecast is predicting possible hazardous traveling conditions that would impact travel to FUMA, day students should make arrangements to stay on campus. For example, if the forecast is for severe weather for Monday travel, cadets should plan to report to campus on Sunday.
 

Staying on Campus

{Note: this portion of the policy is subject to change while observing COVID-19 restrictions in effect in the 2020-2021 school year.}

If a day student decides to stay on campus, he they must stay in the barracks. Day student cadets each have an assigned room—bed sheets and a pillowcase will be supplied. During their stay, all meals will be provided in the dining hall. 

Day students staying on campus are expected to adhere to all rules and regulations in the barracks (i.e., CQ or study hall, no cell phones, lights out, etc.).
 

Pack a Bag 

It is recommended that day student cadets who drive to campus keep a packed bag in their vehicle in the event of winter weather. Day students should have the following recommended supplies for an overnight stay in the barracks:

  • Uniform items for the following day
  • Blanket and pillow
  • PT uniform - t-shirt and shorts
  • Sweatshirt and sweatpants
  • Tennis shoes and socks
  • Underwear and white t-shirt
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Soap or body wash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Brush or comb
  • Deodorant
     

Questions? 

Please contact the Commandant's Department (434-842-4233) if you have any questions or concerns regarding the inclement weather policy or procedures. 

Thank you!

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