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Fall 2020 Return to RMA Considerations

RMA is committed to providing on-campus, in-person instruction and experiences for our cadets in a safe, secure, and healthy learning environment.  We are finalizing plans for on-campus, in-person learning beginning with registration August 9-10 with classes beginning August 12. 

We know that if you are a current or prospective parent you have many questions regarding the considerations, policies, and procedures RMA has wrestled with over the past several months.  Each week, members of our senior staff and I participate in no less than four to five national, regional, and local webinars hosted by federal, state, local, and accrediting governing bodies. Based on this guidance, which changes frequently, we have built a working draft, Reopening Considerations Fall 2020, that outlines RMA’s policies and procedures we will follow to reopen for on-campus, in-person learning. This working draft will be updated as adjustments are made.

For the safety, security, and health of cadets and faculty/staff, cadets will spend the first six weeks of the fall semester on campus with no visitors or leave. This 6x6 plan includes six days of in-class learning to bank as many in-person teaching days as possible.

I trust you will find our planning to be thorough, thoughtful, and attentive to the need for rigorous safety, security and health precautions. 


COL(R) Staś C. Preczewski

Steps to Take Before Registration

Before arriving on campus students and parents should review pre-arrival instructions. If you are a returning student, please sign up for a registration time on August 9.  If you are a contracted new student, sign up for a registration time on August 10. Because of the precautions we will be taking to help protect your health and well-being, it is vital for you to report on time.

Click here for the Returning Cadet Checklist.

Registration Day

A number of strict instructions apply to the registration days (August 9-10) and no new or returning student will be allowed to begin the registration process early or later than the stipulated time. All students will be tested upon arrival on campus. Read the COVID-19 testing requirements and other registration day protocols. 

Read additional guidance in the detailed Letter of Instruction for registration.

Ongoing Operations for 6x6

The commandant’s staff, JROTC, and the academics department have collaborated to design a schedule for the first six weeks that will be busy and an exciting time for cadets. Beginning with the first day of class August 12, cadets and ROCS (Recruits on Campus) will have a daily routine that includes commandant’s training, a full schedule of academic classes, and JROTC training. Read more about the 6x6 plan.

Read policies regarding cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing, and facial coverings for the first six weeks. Policies regarding dining services, laundry, academic instruction, athletics and transportation are included.

Future Considerations

All protocols and policies are subject to change and will be adjusted accordingly. RMA senior executives will continue to participate in appropriate weekly COVID-19 webinars and educational activities and will make changes to plans and protocols as needed. Read the President’s thoughts on the future.

Based on RMA’s successful transition to digital learning last March, we are confident in our ability to provide a synchronous digital learning experience for our students. Faculty and staff have completed additional training in digital teaching, and improvements have been made to the delivery systems. A transition to digital learning will occur if there are safety concerns with in-person learning or there is a change in current government requirements. Our commitment is to on-campus, in-person teaching and learning. We know our parents and teachers prefer that, and cadets thrive in RMA’s environment of accountability and structure. 

Task Force


Executive Vice President

Executive Director of Health Services 
Interim Commandant of Cadets

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Vice President for Advancement

Chief Financial Officer

Dean of Academics

Athletic Director

Senior Army Instructor, JROTC

Vice President of Operations, Strategic Communications, and Initiatives

Health, Safety, and Security

As a boarding school, RMA has control over who comes on campus and when cadets may be granted leave, thereby, mitigating the spread of the virus. The 6x6 plan reflects this planning. RMA will seek the day-in-and-day-out health, safety, and security of cadets and faculty/staff, in part, with the 3 W’s – wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance. Read more about the 3 W’s.
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