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Day Student FAQ

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

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Communications

Who is the Primary Point of Contact for Day 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 day student families?

 
Yes, there will be a weekly email to all cadet families with information and updates. Part of this weekly email will be dedicated to information of interest primarily to day student families.

Schedule / Check-In / Departure

When and where do day students report each school day morning?

 
Day students will report in each morning by 0715 hours at the main office of the Commandant's Department. There they will undergo a brief health screening, to include a symptom and temperature check. They will then report to the TAC Officer of their company.

 

When do day students depart campus at the end of the school day?

 
Day students will finish up their athletic participation by about 1730 hours. They will then be expected to report to their TAC Officer to receive any final instructions or updates for the following day. Prior to departing, they must then sign out in the main office of the Commandant's Department.

 

What if I need to drop my day student off earlier in the morning?

 
Day students who arrive early will report to the main office of the Commandant's Office as usual for their health screen. They may then either wait in the office or at another location as directed. They may join their company in the Estes Dining Hall during their scheduled breakfast time:

  • Alpha Company Breakfast—0615-0645
  • Bravo Company Breakfast—0630-0700
  • Charlie Company Breakfast—0715-0745
  • Delta Company Breakfast—0730-0800

 

What if I need to pickup my day student later in the evening?

 
Day students may either wait in the office or at another location as directed. As usual, they will need to sign out at the main office of the Commandant's Department before departing campus.

 

What is the process if he needs to be picked up early or arrive late due to a medical appointment?

 
If your day student needs to go to an appointment with his doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc. you simply need to contact our Infirmary at infirmary@fuma.org and communicate the appointment information. We prefer that such appointments take place after the class day if possible

 

What do I do if my son is sick and I need to keep him home?

 
In the event your son needs to stay home due to illness, you need to email absent@fuma.org to notify us of his absence.

A registered nurse from our Infirmary will follow up with you later that day to learn more about the circumstances of your son's illness.

If he needs to stay home longer than two days, you will need to provide medical documentation in order for his absence to be counted as an excused absence.

 

What is the Inclement Weather Policy for Day Students?

 
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.

Read more of our Inclement Weather Policy for Day Students...

 

Uniforms / Laptops / Backpacks

I'm not sure that my day student 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 you 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 day students being issued black face masks to wear?

 
Yes, each day student should be issued two black face masks by the Quartermaster. He will be expected to have one to wear and to carry the extra face mask with him, either in a pocket or in his backpack. We recommend that our day student families wash these masks frequently. They can be washed with your regular laundry, in hot or warm water, with detergent, and then dried in the dryer.

 

Will day students receive laptops and backpacks?

 
Yes, each day student in grades 9-12 should 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.

 

Day Student Rooms / Storage

Will day students be assigned rooms in the barracks, as in years past, for storage of extra uniforms and belongings?

 
At the current time, day students are not being assigned rooms in the barracks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as much as possible, we are assigning boarding students to single-occupancy rooms. So we currently are limiting barracks room assignments to our boarding students.

We recognize that this may produce some issues for day students regarding storage of extra clothing items, athletic gear, etc. Our current solution will be to have day students bring their extra gear in their mesh athletic bags and those will be stored during the class day in the lounge area in the Echo Wing. The barracks is locked down during the class day, and Echo Wing is home only to Battalion Staff members, so this should provide safe storage for these items during the day.

As conditions evolve, if we can open up more rooms in the barracks for day student use as we have done in years past, we certainly hope to do so.

We appreciate your patience as we work through some of these issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Is there a designated/appropriate place for him to go in the time between class and after school activities?

 
There is not a lot of free time in a cadet's schedule between class time and afternoon activities and athletics! We keep them pretty busy and active throughout the school day.

For those precious free time moments, there are a variety of places that are appropriate for a cadet to enjoy some relaxation. Cadets may spend time in the library, take a break at the Sarah Bronson Commons (a peaceful spot on campus), or take a seat on one of the dozens of park benches around Fraley Circle and the Fender Fountain areas. They can enjoy any area of the campus that is on-limits to them.

We are keeping Jacobson Hall barracks off-limits during the class day so we can encourage all cadets to get a lot of healthy fresh air and sunshine during this time.

 

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

 

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. Our day students should bring their canteen with them each day, filled with water. They 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 day students?

 
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.

As part of this effort, we are asking day students not to travel to any other locations besides home, school, and work (if they have a job) during these first two weeks of school.

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

As for other recommendations, we urge you 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.