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Updates on Fork Union's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2020

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Update as of March 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM

I continue to receive a number of emails from parents thanking us for these regular updates and the steps we are taking to continue Term 5 under the extraordinary circumstances our world is currently facing. It is gratifying to see our Fork Union Family pulling together under these conditions. We may be apart from one another physically, but we still remain Fork Union Strong together. 

Here in Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam this week issued a stay-at-home order, in effect until June 10th, so we continue to work remotely, meet virtually, and move forward to finish our mission.
 

Term 5

As we described in yesterday's update, we will begin Term 5 on Tuesday, April 14th, through the use of distance education methods and we will conclude the term on May 14th.

COL Mike Goad, our Academic Dean, has been working to prepare some helpful "how to" videos to provide answers to many of the questions you may have. In this first video, COL Goad explains our Phase 1 plan to contact our cadet families.


Closing thought

In the Bible we read in John 17:11 that when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane just before soldiers came to arrest Him, he prayed. And in that prayer, he asked that God would keep his followers safe and keep them unified:

 

“Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”
-John‬ ‭17:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

Today, I would echo the words of that prayer:

 

"Lord, keep us safe in Your mercy from the trials and tribulations we face in the world today, and may we always be stronger together, unified in Your love. Amen."

 

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

 

Update as of March 30, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Our Academic Dean, COL Mike Goad, has been working with our administrators and faculty to create a plan for delivery of Term 5 classes that will meet the needs of our cadets.

This evening, that plan has received final approval from the Academy's Board of Trustees. Here are the details from that plan we can now share with you.
 

Term 5 Start

Term 5 will start on Tuesday, April 14th.
 

Term 5 End

Term 5 will end on Thursday, May 14th.
 

Term 5 Classes

Term 5 classes will be taught by Distance Education methods. These methods will feature:

  • Online Courses - This means that the instructional content will be delivered primarly by electronic means across the Internet or through other computer-based means, with the instructor and students in separate locations.
  • Asynchronous Learning - This means that the instructor-provided content and the student learning may take place at separate times, as differentiated from a live webinar type of instruction in which teacher and students are online together at the same time.
  • A Variety of Learning Platforms - Teachers will be permitted to deliver their class content using a variety of learning platforms, including Schoology, Office 365, Khan Academy, and Vista Higher Learning. Teachers will construct lesson and technology plans that work best for their particular subject area and group of students.
  • Daily Accountability - Teachers will take attendance on a daily basis each weekday, and cadets will be responsible for submitting required work on a timely basis. Daily participation will be graded. Cadets will be expected to "check-in" electronically each academic day by 8:30 AM in his local time zone and receive his assignments.
  • Virtual Office Hours - Though work assignments and daily check-ins will be based on the cadet's local time zone, teachers will be required to hold "virtual office hours" each academic day between 0800-1200 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) during which time they will be available to cadets by email, phone, virtual chat, or other means. During the hours of 1800-2000 EDT, teachers will accept appointments for students, especially those in time zones with more than two hours difference from Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
     

More details to be communicated this week

All families will be contacted personally in the coming days this week, by phone and email, to give you more details, and to assess your cadet's readiness to begin distance education on April 14th.

You can expect to hear from one of our guidance counselors, admissions counselors, or TAC officers with more information.

You will also be receiving an online survey by email with some important questions for you as we all prepare to begin distance education on April 14th.

In addition, COL Goad is preparing some specific "how to" videos regarding certain aspects of our distance education program that you will begin receiving in the days ahead.
 

Financial consideration for families for Term 5

FUMA wants to do the right thing. With the cadets unable to return to campus for Term 5, FUMA has been working hard to determine appropriate steps with respect to families under these extraordinary circumstances. FUMA has developed a financial policy and our business office will be emailing each family directly on or before April 14th with more information.
 

We will continue to keep you updated

I will continue to keep you updated with any news and information applicable to all of you through these email updates and website postings at https://www.forkunion.com/covid-19
 

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

 

Update as of March 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We generally have been releasing updated information at 4:00 PM, however, today we ask that you check back for a major update to be published at 8:00 PM, as we will be releasing more details about our Term 5 plans following a meeting of our Academy's Board of Trustees this evening.
 

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

 

Update as of March 27, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We still have zero cases of COVID-19 within our Fork Union Military Academy community.

We have no significant news to present today.

Our next update will be made Monday, March 30th.
 

"May the Lord  bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you. Amen."

 

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

 

Update as of March 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM

I'm happy to be able to say, as we have all along, that we have zero COVID-19 cases in our Fork Union Military Academy campus community. Our campus remains closed and our staff and faculty are off campus on Spring Break. We have maintained a very small number of employees on campus to do a thorough, deep cleaning of our classrooms, offices, and common areas.

Our Academic Dean, COL Mike Goad, has been working tirelessly, along with our administrators, to craft a plan for Term 5 that will meet the needs of our students in all grades and from all parts of the world. We will share more detailed information as we move closer to resuming instruction.
 

Feedback? Questions? Comments?

I have received emails from many families with their comments, and expressing appreciation for our updates. Thank you for your kind words.

If you have specific questions or feedback for us regarding our COVID-19 response, our single point of contact during this time remains my Deputy Chief of Staff, LTC Steve McCoy. LTC McCoy is the Coordinator of our Crisis Action Team. His direct phone number is 434-842-4406 and his email address is mccoys@fuma.org. He will either be able to answer your questions directly, or he will get your questions to the appropriate person on staff to answer. There may be some questions we are not prepared to answer at this time, but we will do our best.

Throughout these past days as we've all worked through these extraordinary circumstances, we have tried to communicate as much information as well and as often as we could. I hope we have helped you feel connected together with us as we all face these challenges together.
 

Closing thought

When I was deployed as a US Marine Corps officer during combat operations in Iraq, I would say this prayer before going down a route known for expected enemy contact. It still comforts me today:

"Although we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we will fear no evil for Thou art with me even unto the end of the earth.”

 

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

 

Update as of March 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM

I know that most of us are feeling a level of stress and uncertainty about our lives and the lives of our family. Much that is going on in the world at this moment feels outside of our control and beyond our ability to know for certain. So, at least in regards to your family and Fork Union Military Academy, I want to review with you where we are, how we got here, and how I see us moving forward from here. There are still many details to be finalized in the days ahead, but I want to tell you clearly what we do know at this point.

We first communicated with all of our families about this novel Coronavirus on January 20th, before this virus had even been given the name COVID-19.

Since January, we have been engaged in contingency planning for all the ways in which this health crisis might impact us, and we have acted proactively to stay ahead of the curve in our response.
 

Timeline of COVID-19 Events

  • On March 12th, the World Health Organization officially labeled the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. A pandemic is the term applied to a disease that is spreading widely in many countries around the world at the same time. The most recent outbreak termed a pandemic was the H1N1 influenza in 2009. 

 

  • On that same day, March 12th, we announced our decision to end Term 4 a week early with a final exam on Friday, March 13th, and to permit cadets to begin departing the campus early for Spring Break. We also announced that we were extending our Spring Break through at least the Easter leave weekend. 

 

  • On March 13th, Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam ordered that all K-12 schools in Virginia, public and private, be closed for at least two weeks.

 

  • This Monday, March 23rd, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia announced that he was extending his previous order closing all K-12 schools in Virginia through the end of the academic year. 
     

Here is what we can say at this time:

 

Term 5 Will Not Have Classes On Campus

Due to the Governor's order, we know that we will not be allowed to hold in-person classes for Term 5 on campus at any time between now and the end of the regular academic year. So there is no need for you to make travel plans to return your cadet to campus in April.
 

Term 5 Credits

  • Cadets in grades 8-12 who successfuly complete their Term 5 One Subject Plan course under our plan will receive appropriate high school credit. 
  • Our 7th grade cadets will be offered academic coursework appropriate for their grade level. 
  • Cadets who are also currently enrolled in Seminar Courses (in addition to their regular Term 5 course) will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis based on their current progress in the course to date.

 

Term 5 Start Date

Term 5 is expected to begin on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. It will not begin any earlier; if it is delayed beyond that date, you will be notified in advance.
 

Term 5 End Date

The Term 5 end date is to be determined, but we are confident that the ultimate schedule will not adversely impact any summer plans that you may have already made.
 

More Details to Come

As always, we will keep you informed in a timely manner and will soon be releasing greater details of our plan.
 

Closing Thought

Psalm 47 tells us to "Be still and know that I am God."

 

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

 

Update as of March 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We still have zero cases of COVID-19 within our Fork Union Military Academy campus community.

Our staff and faculty leaders continue to make thoughtful and detailed plans for our next steps. We have been working in consultation with the various oversight agencies such as the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) at the state level, and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) at the federal level to make sure that our plans for both our domestic US students and our international students will be appropriate and meet all requirements of those agencies.

We will communicate our next steps to implement Term 5 to you no later than April 7th, so please continue to keep an eye on your email inbox and on our COVID-19 updates page at https://www.forkunion.com/covid-19.
 

Closing thought for today

“Faith, Hope and Love...the greatest of these is love. Tradition tells us that Peter was crucified upside down in Rome. And, although this world is upside down...help us to have faith, hope and love. Above all...love. Love is the ultimate ethic. Help us to love one another...Amen."

 

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

 

Update as of March 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We continue to have zero cases of COVID-19 within our Fork Union Military Academy community.

We are currently on Spring Break. Our campus is shut down to all but campus residents. I have asked our staff to work remotely this week as we continue our deep cleaning of all campus buildings.

We first communicated with all of our families about this novel Coronavirus on January 20th, before this virus had even been given the name COVID-19. Since January, we have been engaged in contingency planning for all the ways in which this health crisis might impact us, and we have acted proactively to stay ahead of the curve in our response.

This afternoon, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia announced that he was extending his previous order closing all K-12 schools in Virginia. We have been planning for this possibility since early March. We are carefully studying the impact the Governor's directive is likely to have on our school and students, and will have more information for you in the days ahead. As we have been saying all along, we will communicate to you our plan for Term 5 no later than April 7th.

Continue to watch this web page and your email inbox, as we will keep you informed of news of any significance to our Fork Union Military Academy Family

As we do our civic duty to be safe—we do our patriotic duty.

“Oh Lord, on my honor let me do my duty. Protect me from harm and steady my faith so that I represent Your mercy and grace. Amen”

 

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

 

Update as of March 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We continue to have zero cases of COVID-19 within our Fork Union Military Academy campus community.

No further updates to report today.

 

"Oh Lord, give us strength for today and hope for tomorrow. 
Amen."

 

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

 

Update as of March 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We were informed this morning of one confirmed case of COVID-19 within Fluvanna County. We are not aware of any cases involving persons associated with Fork Union Military Academy at this time. We have minimum staff on campus to maintain infrastructure, clean, and monitor the situation.

 

Our word "baptism" comes from baptizo, a Greek verb meaning "I wash."

 

“As we wash (baptize) our hands (20 seconds with soap), may we thank God for our lives, our safety, and our resurrection in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

 

 

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

 


Update as of March 19, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We have no cases of COVID-19 in our county or on campus. All Cadets are now off campus.

We are contingency planning both for on-campus classes or online classes for Term 5, depending on the situation. We will let you know not later than 7 April for a start not earlier than 13 April. Planning return flights at this point is ill-advised. We will decide as soon as practical with safety as the decision point informed by the federal and state authorities.
 

Deep Cleaning Continues on Campus

Our housekeeping and maintenance employees are working hard this week doing a thorough, deep clean and disinfection scrub of all classrooms and common areas.

Our campus will be closed to most other employees this coming week so that we can empty all campus buildings of people and allow our cleaners full access to our offices and other areas during the week of March 23-27.
 

Closing thought for today

Officers of the Armed Forces of the United States swear an oath when they are commissioned. Enlisted personnel take a similar oath. The conclusion of this oath says, “So help me God."

Why? The oath is a prayer...”So, help me, God.”

Therefore, my prayer for the FUMA Family today is simply... ”So, help us, God.”
 

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

 

Update as of March 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We continue to have zero cases of COVID-19 here at Fork Union Military Academy.

We, like you, are engaging in appropriate social distancing practices here on campus. We are holding planning meetings "virtually" and keeping at least six feet of distance between individuals when we are together in person. We are washing our hands regularly and taking all normal precautions, just like we expect you are doing within your homes as well.
 

Spring Break is in effect until April 13th

We are continuing to receive questions from parents about whether we will be sending home worksheets or setting up distance learning processes for our cadets at this time.

At this time, we are on an extended Spring Break, having combined our regularly scheduled spring break and our Easter leave weekend. 

Cadets will not return to campus before April 13th at the earliest.

We will not begin Term 5 before April 13th at the earliest.

For the time being, enjoy time with your cadets and family, be safe, and stay healthy.

We are continuing our contingency planning as to how we will deal with any changes to this schedule. It is impossible to know what conditions in the world will be in mid-April, so we are continuing to plan for a variety of scenarios. 

We do not expect to make any determination or announcement about this until at least April 7th. 
 

Follow our daily updates

While we do not expect any major announcements prior to April 7th, we encourage you to follow these daily updates either online at https://www.forkunion.com/covid-19 or by email. A link to subscribe to these daily update emails is available on that website page.

We will share with you any news or announcements you need to know in these daily updates. These daily updates serve as the single, authoritative, and comprehensive communication from us about our response to this COVID-19 crisis.
 

A closing thought

Looking back—looking forward? During the Great Influenza pandemic in 1918 folks wore masks and there were restrictions on travel and social gatherings. Today we have the same civic duty to take proper precautions—rather a patriotic duty to be safe.

My prayer is that “In God we trust. Amen.”

 

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

 

Update as of March 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We continue to have zero cases of COVID-19 at Fork Union Military Academy and in our community.

 

How to protect yourself

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidance with steps that all of us should be taking in the days and weeks ahead to prevent the spread of infection. I encourage all to review these recommendations and make sure that each one of us is doing our part to slow the spread of illness in our communities.

Click here to read the recommendations from the CDC
 

Packages to campus

Our Commandant and our Quartermaster have asked me to remind you to be sure to change all of your cadet delivery addresses for Amazon and any other products you may have on auto ship.We will not accept delivery of any packages for cadets who are no longer on campus, and will ask that the carrier return them to the shipper. You should be able to track those returns back to the shipper if tracking is enabled for the package.

Packages to staff and faculty who are campus residents will still be accepted at the Quartermaster’s office. 
 

Thought for today

Tradition tells us that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.

“Dear Lord, give us peace and reassurance of the strength of our faith, provide wisdom, a Divine wind and means to drive this disease away.  Amen.”

 

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

 

Update as of March 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We still have zero cases of COVID-19 here at Fork Union Military Academy and in our community.

We continue to engage in social distancing while involved in activities on campus, as well as in our personal lives. All of our cadets and their families remain in our thoughts and our prayers as we face the uncertain nature of this pandemic each day.

Keep washing your hands and covering your coughs and sneezes!
 

Student Art Projects

This weekend, some of our cadets took advantage of their extra free time to finish up some personal painting projects, and they turned out so great that I wanted to share a couple of them with you!


Above you can see Cadet Logan Signorello, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, hard at work on his painting this weekend, and below you can see the final result. Awesome!
 


Below, you can see Cadet Austin O'Connor, a senior from Ruther Glen, Virginia, and his spectacular painted ceiling tile.
 

 

I am so proud of each of of our cadets, and I congratulate these young men on making such productive and creative use of their free time here on campus this weekend.
 

News from ACT

We received the following update today from the ACT organization concerning upcoming ACT testing:

ACT has decided to reschedule the April 4, 2020 National ACT® test date to our June 13 and July 18 test dates in response to concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
ACT will be notifying registered students directly in the next few days, informing them of the postponement and providing instructions for next steps.

We will be in contact with you in the days ahead as we work to plan for June and July, where we will need to build capacity to accommodate April examinees.

Our primary concern right now is the safety of students and testing staff. We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this challenging time.

 

Our Contingency Planning Continues

Our staff and administrators continued with their contingency planning throughout the day today, preparing for a wide variety of circumstances that we may face in the days and weeks ahead. This detailed work will continue throughout this week. We may not be able to predict the future, but we are doing our best to create effective plans for dealing with the possibilities we might face.

At the appropriate time, we will give you more comprehensive information about the contingency plans we are making. Continue to check these daily updates on our website at https://www.forkunion.com/covid-19 or use the link on that page to subscribe to get them by email each day if you are not already receiving them.
 

Closing Thoughts

I will close with these thoughts for today: 

“I am surely with you always, to the very end of the age”
(Matthew 28:20)

“God, we know you are for us—not against us.”

 

Go FUMA!

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

Update as of March 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We continue to have zero cases of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community. We are continuing to care for those cadets remaining on campus and are coordinating transportation plans on an individualized basis.

Yesterday I offered my commendation and thanks to those working in academics and residential life for their tremendous adaptability and creativity in responding to this unprecedented situation.

Today I would like to offer my thanks and appreciation to some staff members for their constancy and unchanging devotion to the health and well-being of our campus community.

Many thanks to our Director of Health Services, Heidi Yates, BSN, RN and her great staff of nurses:

  • Sarah Manglicmot, MSN, RN
  • Carolyn Edwards, BSN, RN
  • DeeDee Marrs, BSN, RN
  • Juanita Scott, RN

They provide care in our Infirmary 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whenever there are cadets on campus, and their value to us cannot be overstated. And, of course, we deeply appreciate the counsel of our Academy Physician, Dr. Randy Lanford. I am relying greatly on their expertise and guidance in preparing our plans to meet this global pandemic.

Here is my prayer for us today:

Be still and know He is Lord. He is for us—not against us. Hear the word of the Lord and be encouraged, “Do not be afraid, do not fear, I am your God. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand!”
Amen.

 

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


Update as of March 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We continue to have zero cases of COVID-19 coronavirus at Fork Union Military Academy and in Fluvanna County.
 

Campus Activities

This weekend, cadets still on campus are engaged in a variety of supervised activities, as you can see in the photos below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, FUMA Parents and Family!

I want to thank all of our FUMA Parents and other members of the FUMA Family who have responded to us with such positive feedback for the steps we are taking in response to this worldwide health crisis. One of our parents posted this comment to social media:

So impressed by the forethought, organization, and excellent communication to parents! Thank you for taking such good care of our young men!!!

Taking good care of your sons is our highest priority. We are still working around the clock to do that here on campus, as we still have a number of cadets on campus awaiting departure.
 

Thank you, Staff and Faculty!

I am proud of our staff and faculty who have already put in long hours this week, under extraordinary circumstances, yet are back on campus today to help supervise and provide activities for our young men.

  • COL Tony Moss and his entire Commandant's Department staff is to be commended for an outstanding job in coordinating the departures of our cadets.
  • Mrs. Robbin Dodson is once again in the office this weekend to make sure that cadets get the transportation they need.
  • LTC Steve McCoy, my Deputy Chief of Staff and Coordinator of the Crisis Action Team, has been fielding your phone calls and coordinating our plan from early morning to late night.
  • COL Scott Krogh opened the Perkins Technology Center's computer labs for our cadets.
  • Mrs. Amy Reese is working extended hours to keep our Social Center and game rooms open for cadets from 11 AM to 9:30 PM.
  • Our Academic Dean, COL Mike Goad, and his teachers have done an outstanding job to finish Term 4 ahead of schedule and make preparations for an accelerated Term 5, including making contingency plans for online learning if that is required for a time period.

Our staff and faculty are demonstrating extraordinary flexibility and creativity in dealing with this unprecedented situation and I want to express my commendation and deepest thanks to each one of them.
 

Still much more work to be done!

Please don't mistake my expressions of appreciation to be an indication that we are taking any sort of victory lap. There is still much work to be done and we are still laser-focused on our highest priorities:

  1. Getting all cadets off campus and to their families safely
  2. Continue a thorough and deep clean of all campus facilities
  3. Keeping our employees safe and healthy in the days ahead
  4. Preparing to start Term 5 and provide our outstanding college preparatory education as effectively and as soon as circumstances will allow.


Please continue to follow our updates at https://www.forkunion.com/covid-19 or by email.

 

“Let us pray—Oh, Lord, by your grace, may this pestilence pass over our houses, may our families be delivered from sickness and we ask that you bless us — every one. In Jesus' name. Amen."

 

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

 

Update as of March 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We still have zero cases of COVID-19 at Fork Union Military Academy or anywhere in Fluvanna County.

We considered a wide variety of options this week, including cancelling spring break and accelerating class schedules to finish the school year earlier. One of our priorities was trying to do the best thing we could for our international students and domestic students who had to travel long distances. We understood that public transportation was likely to become more challenging in the days ahead. We wanted to avoid as much disruption as possible now and in the next few weeks.

As it turns out, I think we made the best decision possible to stay ahead of the curve. Our plan to end Term 4 early, permit cadets to depart campus for spring break early if they wish, and then extend our spring break through to the end of our Easter leave, was not only proactive but prescient in light of the emergency declarations that are now being issued by our state and federal government.

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia today ordered all Virginia K-12 schools to close for at least the next two weeks at a minimum. The University of Virginia has announced that they will remain closed, with students taking online classes only, at least until after April 5th and perhaps for the remainder of their semester. Other Virginia universities have taken similar action.

I want to thank all of you, as well as my outstanding staff and faculty, for your patience and understanding throughout this rapidly-evolving situation. 



Today I want to answer some of the frequently asked questions we are receiving:

What is my son going to do on campus between now and Thursday?


Today we will continue to operate as normal, and cadets will be engaged in athletic practices or other athletic activities between 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM, with a break for dinner between 5-6 PM.

We will not be holding class or taking cadets off-campus between now and Thursday, but cadets will be enjoying greater bit of free time (a rarity for them!), and we will be providing additional on-campus activities for them to engage in. We have wonderful indoor athletics facilities, outdoor tennis courts and basketball courts, a social center for cadets, and more.

We have revised our duty roster for staff & faculty to increase the level of supervision on campus during the day and evening.
 

Will you be providing transportation for cadets to the airports, train station, or bus station?


Yes. With cadets leaving at various times between now and Thursday, Mrs. Robbin Dodson is working hard to coordinate transportation for specific cadets on a case-by-case basis. We will make sure that your cadet gets to the airport, train station, or bus station in a safe and timely manner.
 

Who do I contact about travel plans?


Mrs. Robbin Dodson in our Commandant's Office is the primary point of contact for travel-related questions. She can be reached by phone at 434-842-4231 or by email at dodsonr@fuma.org.
 

What are the procedures for checking out my son when I pick him up?


We are limiting outside guests from entering the barracks or other cadet-occupied buildings, including the Commandant's Office, so the check-out process will be a little different.

  • We ask that you pick up your cadet during our normal business hours (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM) if at all possible.
  • You may park outside your cadet's company wing and we will have a faculty or staff member come outside to greet you and facilitate the process of checking out your cadet.
  • If you are not able to arrive within our normal business hours, we ask that you contact Mrs. Robbin Dodson in advance to make appropriate arrangements. Mrs. Dodson can be reached by phone at 434-842-4231 or by email at dodsonr@fuma.org.

What is the meal plan for cadets remaining on campus between now and Thursday?


Our meal service for cadets remaining on campus will continue on a slightly revised schedule.

  • We served breakfast and lunch today, and cadets will enjoy dinner from 5-6 PM today.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, we will serve brunch from 10 AM to 12 PM, and dinner from 5-6 PM
  • Monday through Wednesday, we will serve brunch from 10 AM to 11 AM, and dinner from 5-6 PM
  • On Thursday, we will serve brunch from 10 AM to 11 AM

Will cadets have their laptops between now and Thursday?


We collected all cadet laptops today. The Perkins Technology Center will have its computer labs open for specific hours Monday through Thursday.
 

What is the phone policy for cadets?

  • All restrictions on the phones in the barracks rooms have been removed, so cadets can make and receive calls at any time throughout the day or night.
  • Cadets have been given a long-distance code to use when making outgoing long-distance calls to numbers within the USA.
  • International students and others wishing to make outgoing long-distance calls to numbers outside of the USA will need to use a phone card as before.

My son was registered to take the SAT Test this Saturday. Is it cancelled?


Yes, the SAT Test has been cancelled for this Saturday, March 14th. The College Board tells us that they are experiencing a high volume of cancellations and will update their website to show Fork Union on their list of test center closings as soon as possible. 

The College Board will notify all registered students by email with information about how they will process refunds. 

You can learn more about The College Board's response and how to contact them at this link.
 

Will you be giving admissions tours or allowing other guests on campus from outside while my cadet is still there?


No, we have temporarily suspended all admissions tours and campus visits. We are not allowing any outside visitors into the barracks or other cadet-occupied buildings. We have essentially closed our campus to outside guests.

We will be making virtual tours available online, as well as webinars for prospective student families.

Our admissions staff remains available to answer all admissions questions.

 

"Will you reschedule the Senior/PG Dinner?"
"What about Military Ball?"
"Are you calling off Graduation?"
"Is Alumni Weekend still on?"
"Will I get to see my cadet march in a parade?"
"Are you rescheduling my son's lacrosse games?"


We have been getting a number of specific questions related to future events scheduled on campus. Please understand that we are not currently able to make any predictions about these future events at this time, but we will continue to update you as soon as we are able to make a determination about any and all of these types of questions.

It is our expectation, our hope, and our fervent prayer that we will welcome cadets back to campus on April 13th and begin our 5th Term back in our classrooms, and that our campus life will return to normal in the days following Easter.

 

I have other questions, who should I contact?


Our point of contact for any other questions you may have is LTC Steve McCoy, our Deputy Chief of Staff and Coordinator of our Crisis Action Team. His direct phone number is 434-842-4406 and his email address is mccoys@fuma.org.

 

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

 

Update as of March 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM

The Senior/Postgraduate Dinner and Pinning Ceremony originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, has been cancelled.

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

 

Update as of March 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM

We still have no cases of the coronavirus on campus, and we are continuing to evolve and revise our response as conditions warrant and as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health agencies is updated.

Yesterday the World Health Organization officially labeled the current COVID-19 coronavirus update a pandemic. A pandemic is the term applied to a disease that is spreading widely in many countries around the world at the same time. The most recent outbreak termed a pandemic was the H1N1 influenza in 2009. While this definition does not really change much in the way of recommended actions to combat the spread of the virus, it does underscore the urgency in taking aggressive action to slow and ultimately stop the spread of the virus.

 

1. We are Closing the Campus to Outside Visitors and Cadet Trips Off Campus are Cancelled

As of today, we have postponed or cancelled all athletic contests, have cancelled or postponed all events on campus that would bring outside visitors onto our campus, and have cancelled any planned cadet trips off campus, such as for field trips.

This means that we have cancelled this weekend's Alumni Speaker Day, and the Senior/Postgraduate Dinner and Pinning Ceremony will be conducted with only our on-campus faculty and cadets. No outside visitors will be permitted to attend these events. For the time being we are suspending admissions tours on campus while our cadets are on campus.

We will also be modifying our procedures for parents picking up or dropping off cadets on campus. No outside persons will be allowed in campus buildings, including the barracks, at this time.


2. Change in Exam Schedule for Term 4

We are aware that the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education are discussing further recommendations or mandates that may affect both public and private schools in Virginia. The decisions from these agencies are expected to be released later today. Many schools and universities in our region are already adjusting their plans and class schedules for the coming days.  

In order to stay ahead of the curve, at Fork Union Military Academy we are planning to accelerate the end of our 4th grading term by giving the final exam this Friday morning, March 13th, instead of next Thursday. The final exam will only cover material which has been taught to this date. This will allow us to finalize grades and award credit earned for 4th term classes. In this way, we will be well-prepared for whatever guidance we will receive this week from those governing state agencies.
 

3. Spring Break

Our spring break is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 19th, at 12:30 PM. However, we will permit cadet departures beginning this Friday, March 13th, at 12:30 PM should you wish to make such arrangements. Cadets may otherwise remain on campus as normal until their regularly scheduled departure on Thursday, March 19th.
 

4. Return from Spring Break has been Delayed

Our return from Spring Break was originally scheduled to be on March 29th, but we have decided to delay our cadets' return to campus until at least Monday, April 13th, at 7:00 PM. This corresponds to the end of our regularly-scheduled Easter Leave. 
 

5. Term 5 Will Begin on Tuesday, April 14th

Our hope and expectation at this time is that cadets will return to campus and begin classes in person on April 14th. We will update you by April 7th as to whether we will conduct classes for Term 5 in person on campus or via online or distance learning.

Our teachers have made preparations to deliver their Term 5 courses through the use of online or distance learning. One advantage of our One Subject Plan is that each teacher is responsible for instructing a relatively small number of students. Because of this, our teachers can use a variety of methods and technology to deliver instruction as best meets their class' needs and the course being taught.
 

6. We Will Keep You Updated at 4:00 PM EDT Each Day

Each day at 4:00 PM EDT we will post any updates to the home page of our website (forkunion.com) with any changes or news regarding our response to this Coronavirus pandemic.

Our point of contact for any questions you may have is LTC Steve McCoy, our Deputy Chief of Staff and Coordinator of our Crisis Action Team. His direct phone number is 434-842-4406 and his email address is mccoys@fuma.org.


We will close with this word of prayer:

Oh God our sovereign Lord, grant us, we pray, courage, patience, safety and wisdom in these troubled days. Please protect our cadets, faculty, staff and families...our FUMA Family...from the effects of Covid-19. Bless us, oh Lord.
In Jesus' name, Amen.

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

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