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Ready for Our Cadets’ Safe Return to Campus

We are looking forward to welcoming young men back to our campus for the 2021-2022 Academic Year in August.

Please check this page frequently as we will keep it updated as necessary and add new content as needed. 



Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Management Plan

UPDATED 8/12/2021: Will face masks be required on campus?

 

There has been a required change in our mask policy as of August 12, 2021.

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State Health Commissioner has issued an order as of August 12, 2021 requiring "all individuals aged two and older to wear masks when indoors at public and private K-12 schools."

Exceptions to this Order from the State Health Commissioner include:

  • Individuals eating, drinking, or sleeping;
  • Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment;
  • Any person who is playing a musical instrument when wearing a mask would inhibit the playing of the instrument (e.g., wind or brass instrument) so long as at least six feet of physical distance can be maintained from other persons;
  • Any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance;
  • Rehabilitation Act, where wearing a mask would inhibit communication or the receiving of services.
  • When necessary to participate in a religious ritual; and
  • Persons with health conditions or disabilities that prohibit wearing a mask.

Any person who declines to wear a mask because of a medical condition or any person with a sincerely held religious objection to wearing masks in school may request a reasonable accommodation.

 

What health procedures and reporting are required prior to check-in?

 

You are requested to complete all of the SchoolDoc health forms online as promptly as possible prior to check-in. If you have any questions about completing your SchoolDoc profile online, please contact our Infirmary as soon as possible by email at infirmary@fuma.org

 

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for students prior to check-in?

 

We strongly encourage families to discuss with your family physician the benefits of vaccination for your child, ages 12 and above. Vaccines are strongly encouraged for all cadets that are enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy.

 

How will check-in procedures be impacted by the COVID-19 Management Plan?

 

Members of our infirmary staff will be at the first stop when cadets and families arrive at the Wicker Science Building on campus for check-in. Cadets will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. Any cadet who has a positive screening will have to immediately leave campus. Cadets with a negative screening will then proceed with a nurse to review their online health profile and continue with general check-in.

 

Will there be daily screenings of cadets and staff for COVID-19?

 

Every morning, between 0600 and 0630, TAC officers are responsible for screening the cadets in their companies for COVID-19 symptoms. Any cadets with a positive screening will immediately go to the infirmary where they will be assessed by the Academy Physician to determine if further testing is required to rule out a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Every morning before reporting to FUMA, faculty/staff will be required to screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. Any employee who has a positive screening should stay home and immediately contact their supervisor.

 

Do I need to wash my day student's face masks after use?

 

Yes. You can include face masks with your regular laundry. Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering. Dry using the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.

 

What if my day student cadet is sick?

 

It is critical that your cadet stay home from school if he shows any signs of illness, COVID-related or otherwise. If there is a family member that shows any signs of illness or has a COVID19 test pending, your cadet should stay home from school. If your cadet is waiting on the results of a COVID test, he should remain at home until the test results are final. If your day student cadet will need to miss school, please email infirmary@fuma.org. The Infirmary staff will provide further guidance at that time.

 

What happens if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus?

 

Students, parents, and faculty/staff will be required to immediately report a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or confirmed COVID exposure to our Director of Health Services. Confidentiality of the diagnosed student or employee will be maintained in accordance with applicable law.

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, parents of cadets in an affected classroom or cadets in close contact and affected faculty/staff will be notified by our health staff.

Unvaccinated cadets and employees who are in close contact with an individual confirmed to be infected by COVID will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Close contact is defined as an unvaccinated individual being within 6 feet unmasked or within 3 feet with a well-fitted mask for more than 15 minutes at one time or cumulative over a 24-hour period. The quarantine will begin immediately.

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

Fully vaccinated cadets/staff that show no symptoms will be tested 3-5 days after exposure. They should wear a mask indoors for 14 days following the exposure or until their test result is negative.

 

Who will do follow-up contact tracing of a positive COVID-19 case?

 

Any positive COVID-19 test will be immediately reported to the Thomas Jefferson District Health Department. The positive case will be assigned to a case investigator who will be responsible for tracking potential exposures and advising them of proper quarantine and testing requirements. Infirmary nurses will assist with the contact tracing and also make sure all active and potential cases of COVID-19 are quarantined and tested as directed by the case investigator.

 

Will Fork Union Military Academy be continuing to follow other COVID-19 mitigation protocols on campus?

 

We will continue with the general COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies put in place this past year including steps such as:

  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
  • Encouraging handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Maintain social distancing indoors when possible
  • Promoting appropriate vaccination

As always, our COVID-19 Management Plan is subject to change as recommended by the Virginia State Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.