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Spring 2021 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 January 31, 2021 through February 8, 2021.  Registration will begin with Corps leadership and ROCs (recruits on campus) and will continue with specific returns dates and times for returning cadets.   

Based on the protocols we used in the fall semester 2020 when we provided 13 weeks of safe and secure learning in person and on campus, we will implement similar protocols, to include restriction of visitors to campus, frequent COVID testing, social distancing, and the wearing of facial coverings. But all of our plans will be subject to the extent and spread of the pandemic as well as the most current federal/state/local guidelines.

For the safety, security, and health of cadets and faculty/staff, cadets will spend the first six weeks of the spring 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.  Please read our thinking for the spring reopening.

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

COL(R) Staś C. Preczewski
President
 

Steps to Take Before Registration


Before arriving on campus students and parents should review pre-arrival instructions, which were previously communicated.  Parents are asked to minimize your son’s activities in the 10 days before he reports and consider quarantining him at home in an abundance of caution. You will be asked to sign up for a specific time to report to campus on the appropriate date between January 31 and February 8. 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. 


Registration Day


A number of strict instructions apply to the registration days for the spring 2021 semester, 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. 



Ongoing Operations for 6x6

The commandant’s staff, JROTC, and the academics department have collaborated to design a schedule for the first six weeks of the spring 2021 semester that will be busy and an exciting time for cadets. Beginning with the first day of class February 10, 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.


Future Considerations

All protocols and policies are subject to change and will be adjusted accordingly. RMA senior executives will continue to participate in appropriate COVID-19 webinars and educational activities and will make changes to plans and protocols as needed. 

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, if it becomes necessary. 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

COL(R) STANLEY C. "STAŚ" PRECZEWSKI, USA, PH.D.
President

ROBERT BRITTAIN DANIEL, J.D.
Executive Vice President

LYNN TOWNLEY
Executive Director of Health Services 
 
LTC ADAM CARTER
Interim Commandant of Cadets

ELLEN DEFOOR
Vice President for Advancement

LAURA MAXWELL
Chief Financial Officer

CATHY D. MOORE, PH.D.
Dean of Academics

MARC PAGLIA
Athletic Director

AMANDA K. WILLIS
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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