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An Update on the Coronavirus for all FUMA Families

News Type:  Parents
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.)
Fork Union Military Academy


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