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Boarding Student FAQ

This page will be updated continually as new information becomes available so please check back frequently.

As we add and update questions and answers in this FAQ, we will mark which items have been added or updated within the past 14 days to make it easier for you to spot the newest content. Just look for the items marked NEW or UPDATED.
 

Communications

Who is the Primary Point of Contact for Boarding Student information? Who do parents contact with questions?

 
Your primary point of contact is the TAC Officer of your son's company.

 

Will there be some type of regular (weekly) communication with cadet families?

 
Yes, there will be a weekly email to all cadet families with information and updates.

Mail and Care Packages

How do I address mail and care packages to my cadet?

 
All of our cadets enjoy getting care packages from home! Below are the addresses you can use for sending mail and packages to your cadet:


Address for Cadet Mail (Letters, Envelopes, Magazines, etc.)

Cadet *First Name* *Last Name*
*Company Name*
Company (i.e., Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, or Delta)
Fork Union Military Academy
P.O. Box 278
Fork Union, VA  23055

For example:
Cadet John Doe
Bravo Company

Fork Union Military Academy
P.O. Box 278
Fork Union, VA 23055

Address for Cadet Packages

(Packages sent via USPS, UPS, FEDEX, DHL)

Cadet *First Name* *Last Name*
*Company Name* Company (i.e., Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, or Delta)
Fork Union Military Academy
4744 James Madison Highway
Fork Union, VA  23055

For example:
Cadet John Doe
Bravo Company

Fork Union Military Academy
4744 James Madison Highway
Fork Union, VA 23055

 

Can I send food items to my cadet in a care package?

 
Yes! Cadets love food from home. But you might want to send enough to share, because you can be sure your son will receive some peer pressure in that regard! Also, be sure to provide sealed storage containers for any food so that it can be stored safely in his room.

We ask that you not send glass items such as food in jars, drinking glasses, or glass bowls.

 

What items are NOT allowed for cadets to have?

 
The below list are items that your cadet should NOT have on campus or be sent in a care package:

  1. Cell phone
  2. Tobacco, dip, electronic cigarettes
  3. Powder drinks, weight gainer, protein, creatine, or supplement powder
  4. Playing cards, dice, board games
  5. Mouthwash with alcohol
  6. Food with shells (sunflower seeds)
  7. Gum
  8. Aerosol can of any kind
  9. Pocket knives
  10. Cameras
  11. Thumb drives, CDs/DVDs, computer games
  12. Lighters
  13. Money over $40.00
  14. Instant shoeshine liquid
  15. iPods with Wi-Fi capabilities or cameras
  16. No hot plates or devices that heat liquid
  17. Electric blankets
  18. Plug-in air fresheners
  19. "Do-rags" outside of dorm room
  20. Vitamins or medicine unless approved by infirmary
  21. Glass items, jars, drinking glasses, or glass bowls

The above list is not all-inclusive. If you have any questions whether an item is permitted on campus, you may ask the TAC Officer of your son's company.

 

Uniforms / Laptops / Backpacks

I'm not sure that my cadet got all of required uniform items. What do we do?

 
At the beginning of every year, there are many uniform items that may be delayed in being issued to students. This may include clothing items that need to be altered to size by our seamstress, or items which are back-ordered or have otherwise not yet arrived to our Hoffman Supply Center.

We make accomodations for students during the opening days of school who may be waiting to receive certain uniform items. You do not need to take any action on this until your cadet's TAC Officer or the Quartermaster tells him to report to the Hoffman Supply Center to pick up his uniform items.

If you have any issues or concerns and wish to bring these to the attention of MAJ Steve Wilson, our Quartermaster, you can reach him by email at wilsons@fuma.org

 

The uniform my cadet was issued doesn't fit. What do we do?

 
Occasionally there are some mistakes made in sizing each cadet and a young man may receive some uniform items that do not fit well. The cadet simply needs to report to the Hoffman Supply Center and let our Quartermaster know about the issue. Our Quartermaster will assist the cadet in obtaining uniform items that are a better fit.

We recommend your cadet leave the tags on uniform items until you know whether or not they fit properly, so that they can be exchanged if needed.

If you have any issues or concerns and wish to bring these to the attention of MAJ Steve Wilson, our Quartermaster, you can reach him by email at wilsons@fuma.org

 

Are cadets being issued black face masks to wear?

 
Yes, each boarding cadet should be issued three black face masks by the Quartermaster which he will rotate in use each day. He will be expected to have one to wear and one extra to carry with him, either in a pocket or in his backpack. The third, that he wore the previous day, will be collected each morning and washed by our Infirmary and returned.

 

Will cadets receive laptops and backpacks?

 
Yes, each cadet in grades 9-12 will report to the Perkins Technology Center to arrange for the issue of their laptop and backpack over the course of the first several days of school.

Middle school students, at the request of their teachers, will likely be receiving their laptops later than our high school students. They will still be able to pick up their backpack at the Perkins Technology Center. They will be told later when they should report back to the Perkins Technology Center to be issued a laptop.

 

Academics

How can I learn what classes my son is taking and how he is doing academically?

 
Fork Union Military Academy uses the PowerSchool Parents Portal to provide parents access to grades and schedule information online.

You will receive an email from our Perkins Technology Center with complete instructions for accessing your son's information in PowerSchool.

The URL to access PowerSchool is:
https://fuma.powerschool.com

If you have any issues or questions in accessing your PowerSchool account, you may email our Perkins Technology Center at it@fuma.org.

 

Afternoon Activities and Athletics

What will my son be doing after class time ends in the afternoon?

 
The afternoon activities schedule depends on the day of the week.

Mondays and Wednesdays are "Drill Days." This means that in the time between the end of classes and the beginning of athletics, our cadets are engaged in training, drill, or other activities of the Corps of Cadets under the supervision of the Commandant's Department.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are "Non-Drill Days." On these days, cadets will be able to receive "Extra Help" assistance and tutoring from our faculty during the afternoon time prior to athletics practice.

 

What time does my son's athletic team practice (Fall Season)?

 
Athletics is a mandatory activity for all cadets. Each athletic team has a set practice schedule which should remain fairly consistent, though may be subject to occasional variation as determined by the coaches.

On Non-Drill Days (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) the fall practice schedule is as follows:

  • PG Football: 1430 to 1700
  • PG Basketball: 1505 to 1700
  • Prep Football: 1445 to 1700
  • Soccer: 1450 to 1630
  • Cross Country: 1455 to 1630
  • Off-Season Sports & Middle Schoolers: 1500 to 1630

 

On Drill Days (Mondays & Wednesdays) the fall practice schedule is as follows:

  • PG Football: 1505 to 1700
  • PG Basketball: 1505 to 1700
  • Prep Football: 1505 to 1700
  • Soccer: 1510 to 1630
  • Cross Country: 1510 to 1630
  • Off-Season Sports & Middle Schoolers: 1515 to 1630

 

Business Office / Tuition and Fee Accounts / Allowances

Who do I contact if I have questions about my tuition and fees or my FACTS Tuition Management account?

 
You may direct your questions to Mrs. Jessica Maddox who handles all Accounts Receivable in our Business Office. Her email address is maddoxj@fuma.org and her direct phone number is 434-842-4332

 

How can I provide my cadet some allowance/spending money?

 
You can send your cadet a check made out as payable to their name for no more than $40 at one time ($40 is the maximum amount a cadet may have in cash). He can then cash that check at our Business Office.

You may also provide your son with a debit card to use at our ATM (Automated Teller Machine) on campus in the Estes Dining Hall. Our ATM is operated through BB&T Bank (Truist Financial). You may wish to obtain a debit card that you can add funds to easily and monitor your cadet's transactions, such as debit cards from Greenlight (https://www.greenlightcard.com).

 

Can I pay the incidental expenses (such as uniforms, fees, etc.) with a different form of payment than my tuition payments?

 
Yes, incidental expenses can be setup on auto payment from a different credit card or bank account than the one used for your tuition payments.

All incidental invoices are added to the parents' FACTS account so that small payments can be made to it until the balance is paid. So you can use more than one credit card, checking, and/or savings account to pay those invoices.

You would need to manually make the smaller payments by clicking on the "Make a Payment" button in your FACTS account, then on the next screen you would pick the last payment option named "Other Amount." Then you can pick which invoice you would like to pay and how much to pay. Then click the "Next-Payment Method" at the bottom (it should highlight green). Enter the payment details and you should be ready to complete the payment.

 

Miscellaneous

What are you doing about water for cadets to drink since fountains have been turned off?

 
We have turned off our water drinking fountains on campus due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each cadet is issued a personal canteen to use for hydration throughout the day. Cadets are permitted to carry the canteen in their backpack if wearing it on their belt is uncomfortable for sitting in some of our classroom school desks. The canteen can be refilled at a number of locations on campus as needed.

 

Do you have any specific COVID-19 guidance for cadets to follow?

 
We are working to provide as safe a "bubble" environment for our cadets as possible, especially during our first two weeks of school in August. We are enforcing strict distancing and mask wearing guidelines for all on campus, and we are restricting the movement of cadets off-campus during these opening days.

If we can maintain a safe "bubble" on campus for our cadets for the first two weeks of the school year, then we will be a long way towards creating a safe environment for the next few months.

As for other recommendations, we urge all to review and follow the guidance from our Infirmary that we have posted on our website in our "Ready" page at https://www.forkunion.com/ready.

You can also view and download that PDF file from the Infirmary at this link.