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March 27, 2020

Dear RMA Family,
 
You have completely overwhelmed us with your support and kind words following my last letter of March 25. What was especially amazing and unexpected was the number of parents who wrote to say they want to contribute their tuition refund back to RMA to help cadets’ families in need. Wow! Thank you. You are inspiring role models for all of us.
 
I have spent several hours this week participating in webinars facilitated by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Association of Military Colleges and Schools in the U.S. (AMCSUS), and EAB, an educational research firm in Washington, D.C. The calls were comprised of heads of school, secondary and higher ed. On the three different calls with a dozen participants each, I did not hear of another school offering any type of tuition refund. This is only one data point, so I cannot conclude that no other school is offering a refund, but I was surprised. Nevertheless, I stand by the message to you of March 25 outlining the refund RMA is offering as it is the right thing to do.
 
You will receive on Monday an online form to indicate your preference for the handling of your refund. You may elect to receive a refund check or a credit on next fall’s tuition as outlined previously, or, because so many of you have asked to donate your refund to RMA to assist other families, you will also have the option to donate your refund amount as a charitable, tax-deductible donation.
 
Congratulations to all of you – parents, cadets, teachers, staff, Dean of Academics Cathy Moore – who made this first week of digital learning a success. This digital platform did not exist at RMA two weeks ago and it has taken a Herculean effort on everyone’s part to make it happen. I took great pride in one parent’s comment, “[as] someone who has been doing Information Systems/Technology since 1994, I can say your first week is a solid success.”
 
I also know from your comments that our digital learning performance is surpassing what you are seeing or experiencing from other schools, public and private. RMA’s ability to innovate and turn on a dime inspires and energizes me for the next challenges we will face.
 
On another front, I’m being asked about spring break. We are going to honor the break, April 4-13, as a break from learning and a time for your family to enjoy non-school activities. It will give the RMA staff a chance to work out any remaining bugs in the digital platform and delivery systems.
 
Regarding spring break and our cadets on campus, let me say that our 20 ReMAiners will also have a spring break, albeit on campus. They will be supported by essential personnel, including the food service staff to make sure there is plenty to eat, and special activities are being planned.
 
Let me close with a few comments from parents. Your confidence and support in the RMA mission is inspiring.
 
“…..surprisingly, [he] says he misses being at school. I am surprised because normally all he does is complain! He is great company here at home and he seems to be taking his academic responsibilities seriously. Moreover, he conducts ‘inspection’ on his two siblings’ room every morning at 0750 and then he leads them (well, actually us too!) on a 20-minute walk in the woods immediately afterward, rain or shine. Thanks for everything you’ve done to give us confidence in our son.  We’ve decided to waive the refund….. we will think of it as a contribution to a worthy cause. Thank you!”
 
“He has been a completely different kid since he got home. Literally a model child. He is a completely different person. Thank you for all you have done for him and the future path you have set him on which he never would have had otherwise.”
 
“We are so excited that digital learning is being implemented (trial by fire as they say). The opportunities that exist for summer school, courses online, teachers in different parts of the country/world for our [cadets] will be amazing! No one will be afraid of learning online. The possibilities will be endless with a hybrid campus/digital courses for the lads.” 
 
 “I just have to say Dr. Cathy Moore is amazing. I’ve had a couple of issues over the last couple of days with my son’s computer, access, video links not working, and sent them to the digital learning email, and she responded within five minutes, and directed me to the right help. I think it says a lot when the Dean of the school is personally involved and answering our questions……in such a personal and efficient manner. #RMAproud”
 
Please keep your notes coming as they serve to inspire our faculty and staff. Thank you for your continued partnership through this extraordinary time.
 
Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President
 
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March 25, 2020

Greetings to the entire Riverside Military Academy Community,
 
Let me begin by stating that as of the release of this note, there remain(s) NO confirmed case(s) of the COVID-19 virus on our campus. We are both blessed and thankful for that fact as we remain diligent through our deliberate actions to keep it that way. (Daily screenings of body temperature, enhanced disinfecting/cleaning, limiting/inspecting deliveries, etc.)  We trust that you, on the home front, are being just as diligent in keeping yourselves healthy and safe during this difficult and unprecedented period.
 
The young men who chose to remain on campus for the duration of this global challenge just completed their first 12 days of social/campus isolation. They are all in single rooms, enjoying plenty of extra sleep, experiencing exceptional dining and snacks, recreating and lounging/gaming in the enhanced Goomba Grill and now participating in organized digital instruction. In short, they are in great shape, safe, secure and healthy—now with both their minds and bodies being mentally and physically engaged. Our dedicated staff and faculty will do all that we can to keep them that way.
 
I hope you are as proud as am I about the dedication of our staff and faculty. Many of them were offered the opportunity to work from home due to the risks to themselves. Many waived that opportunity as they desired to serve both our cadets on campus and those cadets who chose to complete this RMA year digitally/on-line. Further, I have received many requests from those who departed to now return to campus—a request I cannot approve as we continue to significantly limit access to our campus from the external environment.
 
We continue to push out information to you as quickly and as frequently as is reasonable in order to ensure you know exactly what is occurring on campus and what future plans hold. The most frequent questions include:
 
Q: Will we reopen in the Fall?  
A: YES, we plan to reopen if the threat subsides enough that we can provide a safe, secure and healthy environment for cadets, faculty & staff.
 
Q: Will May 2020 commencement/Silver Taps occur?
A: We currently plan to hold a commencement on the published date, with the Silver Taps ceremony integrated into the commencement day activities. In all, a single day event made available only to the seniors, their families and friends. HOWEVER, should global/national/local events preclude us safely hosting commencement on the published date; we will postpone it to a later date, likely shipping diplomas to cadet homes of record so that they may have it in their possession for the summer.
 
Q: Will summer programs be available?
A:  Again, YES, we are planning summer programs and are simultaneously planning to expand/enhance those programs so that cadets may return earlier to our campus environment to get back into the routine that has served them well to date. Again, IF global, national, state and local virus conditions allow, we plan to hold all of our RMA-sponsored cadet programs this summer as scheduled. In order to reduce the risk of reintroduction of the virus through the introduction/high-turnover of thousands of non-RMA students who historically lease our buildings and fields during the summer, we are terminating all of our external leasing contracts and plan to limit access to this campus solely to cadets and new recruits during the summer.
 
Q: What is RMA doing about refunds for those who chose to bring their cadet home to complete this academic year digitally
A: Bottom-line upfront: options for refunds/credits are found below in detail. The delay in working this issue was because, as always, the first priorities for the faculty and staff have been to ensure continuity of the Academy’s programs within a safe, secure and healthy environment. As we are wrapping up that transition to a mix of boarding and digital/online semester completion, we are now shifting our attention to fiscal matters.
 
We understand that many of you have suffered losses of jobs, steep declines in investments, and additional costs associated with the world’s ever-changing COVID-19 threat. Our campus, its employees and our finances are subject to the same challenges. However, with the departure of a cadet from campus, indisputably a very few of our variable costs actually drop. Specifically, those costs that do curtail are related to boarding, i.e., food and laundry. Both of these costs are easily calculable as they are experienced on an actual cost-plus-margin basis. Clearly, 100% of these savings/cost avoidance need to be returned to you prorated for the days your cadet no longer was in residence on campus.
 
As you are experiencing this week, RMA is continuing its commitment to a structured and supervised learning and developmental environment. Our digital teaching has every teacher involved in direct, interactive instruction on a systematic daily basis, during the school week. Your cadet(s) are interacting with a live teacher and with other cadets in that section. They are being tracked and monitored for participation and completion. Failures to log in are treated as a missed class. Failures to hand in assignments on time are treated as missed/late assignments unless properly excused. TACs and teachers will continue to notify parents of their cadet’s progress or failure to conform. Demerits for failures to comply will continue to be issued and will have immediate consequences. Grades will suffer for missed assignments or absences. Cadets who fail to complete their digital work appropriately will not receive credit for course completion which may result in a failure to graduate or to advance to the next grade. Academic rigor will be maintained throughout this process—accreditation of the Academy’s academic program requires this. Your parental/guardian role in assisting us in holding them to their normal standards of responsibility and performance are critical to your cadet’s success. Feel free to contact your TAC or teacher for assistance if you are running into challenges with your cadet properly engaging at home.
 
Accordingly, TACs continue to do their mission, Information Technology personnel remain in place to support the digital instruction; faculty are teaching; employees remain who provide life support (heating/cooling/security/medical/Human Resources) to those running the educational programs; and RMA payments for institutional insurance, utilities, and employee salaries/benefits continue during this period of digital delivery of the academic curriculum. In short, the decision to allow parents the choice to remain on campus or bring their cadet home only impacts the variable costs of food and laundry and does not affect the fixed costs that remain as instruction continues, albeit in a different format.
 
Refunds for boarding cadets:
For those boarding cadets who departed on Friday, 13 March 2020, the total maximum refundable costs per cadet (excluding the planned spring break) are:
For food: 8 weeks/7 days per week =  56 x $12.19/day = $682.64 available refund
For laundry: 8 weeks x $17.80/week = $142.40 available refund
 
Total Maximum Available Refund = $825.04 per cadet who is no longer boarding at Riverside.
 
However, roughly one-half of all cadet families receive financial aid, i.e., fiscal relief that allows them to afford attendance. While $825.04 is available to those who receive no financial aid from RMA, the refund to those who do receive aid will be proportional to the percentage of aid received.
 
For an easy hypothetical explanation, if you are receiving a 10% financial aid discount, your available refund will be reduced by 10% --assuming your account is in good standing/current. For those who are full-pays AND whose accounts are current and in good standing, the full amount is available to you for refund. While instruction will continue until semester’s end, transcripts/academic records will be withheld for those students whose accounts are not being kept current. Refunds will be withheld for cadets whose accounts are in arrears.
 
For those deciding to accept the refund, checks will be provided to the parent/guardian/sponsor of record at the address of record sometime in April.
 
Important:  There is one other option Riverside is making available to all families with accounts in good standing. Should you decide to defer your calculated refund amount, Riverside will post a credit to your 2020-2021 tuition and fees account in an amount of your calculated refund plus $300 (three hundred dollars). For those receiving the full refund, that represents a $1,125.04 credit on fall semester 2020 billing. $300 represents ~ 36.36% simple return on your refund in just a four-month period.
 
Refunds for day cadets only:
Lunch meals ($2.44/meal) x 5 days x 8 weeks = $97.60 maximum refund, if in good standing. The same $300 refund deferment incentive (see above) remains in place for those choosing to apply their refund to the fall semester.
 
FOR ALL:
If you choose the deferred incentive option and for whatever reason the school fails to open for a fall semester, your entire calculated refund will be returned to you (without the additional $300 credit) eliminating your risk in selecting this option. If after selecting this option, you choose to not re-enroll or withdraw your cadet for any reason, only your calculated academic year 2019-2020 refund will be provided to you, without the additional $300 credit.
 
NOTE: An online/web-based form to inform RMA of your preferred refund option is forthcoming and should be available to you by Monday, March 30, 2020.
 
I am aware that many of you expected a much larger refund, but again, by moving academic instruction to a digital mode, only the variable costs of residing are avoided and most all other costs--as described above—continue. Cadets will continue to interact, though in a different fashion. Riverside will continue to deliver its high-quality academic program and continue to utilize the military cultural model, though from a distance. TACs will continue to interact with cadets and parents, and the cadet chain of command is expected to monitor the performance of their assigned cadets from afar.
 
Just as each of you is facing your own unique challenges given this COVID-19 event, so, too, are our faculty and staff members and their families. I am beyond impressed how many faculty and staff are making significant personal sacrifices to continue to deliver a proper military education to each of the cadets under unprecedented conditions. It is humbling to witness them adapt their methods to achieve the same desired results. Collectively, the RMA community is making the best of this situation.
 
As always, I look forward to hearing from you as RMA and the world continue to optimistically press forward through a previously uncharted economic path. Through mutual respect, necessary flexibility and strict adherence to public health recommendations, the RMA community will emerge from the COVID-19 obstacle in a position of strength. One-hundred-thirteen years of remarkable institutional history assure us this is true.
 
Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President

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March 23, 2020

Dear Riverside Military Academy Friends and Family,
 
This week Riverside Military Academy’s cadets, teachers and staff made RMA history by transitioning to digital learning in order to complete the current academic year. Under the leadership of Dr. Cathy Moore, academic dean, the faculty rapidly adjusted to a new way of teaching and creatively addressed the challenges and opportunities of virtual learning. Approximately 400 cadets are accessing their RMA classrooms from home via Zoom, and the 20 cadets who remain on campus are doing the same. The teamwork that was required to make this quick transition bodes well for RMA’s ongoing ability to adapt to new challenges.
 
Let me share a story with you from last week that brought a smile to my face. An RMA cadet, now at home, emailed his military science instructor an essay entitled, “What It Means to be an RMA Cadet Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak.”
 
During this hectic time, the way I have planned to maintain my RMA cadet values is through a schedule…however, just the schedule alone will not keep me in check, my mindset also has to be in the right state as well.  I think in this time of uncertainty, the one thing that will remain constant is my daily routine, which will help me to keep my head straight amidst the chaos.”
 
He continues his essay by outlining his schedule complete with wake-up time, breakfast, P.T., hygiene, and school.
 
“We may be experiencing a major pandemic, however, the one thing we have control over is what we do with our time during the day. In the end, … (this) might have been a good change for us all, giving us a taste of what college and the real world will be like, with us having to maintain a schedule and being more accountable for our own actions.”
 
Improvise, adapt, and overcome!” he concludes.
 
In similar fashion, the 20 cadets on campus are rising to the occasion of living RMA history. Small in number, but mighty in spirit these ReMAiners, as they are coming to be known, display grit, energy, and remarkable equilibrium. 
 
The faculty and staff continue to amaze me with their ingenuity and creative problem-solving. I don’t consider any RMA staff member “nonessential,” but those who can work from home are doing so. Staff on campus are focused on cadet health and safety, therefore, staff from the infirmary, security, and food service are on campus daily along with the commandant’s team and technology support. We have eliminated nonessential deliveries to campus, and all staff and essential visitors pass through a central entry point and have their temperatures taken.
 
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the RMA campus.
 
In the 40-plus years of my career, including military service and higher education administration, I have faced numerous logistical and planning obstacles, but COVID-19 presents such complex challenges and possible outcomes that I find myself energized by the opportunity to lead Riverside during this unique period in modern history.
 
Until we can resume Academy activities on campus, please reach out to me by phone or email with your thoughts and concerns. Stay safe and well, and as our cadet reminds us, “Improvise, adapt, and overcome!”
 
Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President
 
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March 17, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty, Staff, and Cadets,

As of today, the vast majority of RMA cadets have returned home to begin digital learning next Monday, March 23. Faculty members are on campus working, and all Academy offices remain open.
Our primary focus now is on the ongoing preparations for a robust and engaging digital learning experience. We will have news and updates from Dr. Cathy Moore, academic dean, later this week, and we plan to air another YouTube live Q and A specifically with the Dean to answer your questions. Cadets should watch for preparatory emails from your teachers.

A small cadre of cadets remains on campus for the foreseeable future. The parents or guardians of these cadets preferred for them to remain on campus, and all requests were accommodated. They have been consolidated within the barracks, but each cadet has been assigned his own private room. These cadets will also learn digitally with monitoring and support from faculty in person.

As we continue to keep you apprised, we have learned of two confirmed cases of COVID -19 in Hall County, Georgia. Both individuals are patients at an area hospital. Riverside Military Academy continues to have no confirmed cases.

We understand that this is a difficult and challenging time for all. Last Friday, I witnessed senior cadet leaders put all their RMA experience to work as they led their companies through what, for most cadets, was a rapid transition from campus life to home. The day was not without tears, but it reminded me of the bonds of brotherhood that our cadets form within these walls. Please know we are walking through this together.

Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President

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March 13, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty, Staff, and Cadets,
 
For the past several weeks the RMA staff and Board of Trustees have worked diligently to prepare for and plan the Academy’s response to COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases on campus, but given the spread of the virus and taking into account the safety of cadets and staff, as well as State of Georgia recommendations, we announce the following:
 
RMA will transition to digital (online) education accessed from each cadet’s home. Cadets may depart campus beginning today, Friday, March 13, at 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continuing Saturday, March 14 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. We realize with the fluctuations in the airline industry it may take several days for cadets to depart RMA. Therefore, cadets have until March 22, 2020 to return home.
 
We are aware that not every RMA cadet can go home. International cadets may fall into this category as well as domestic cadets whose homes are in geographical areas hard hit by the virus. Therefore, a petition process is provided for parents to initiate a request to have their son remain at RMA. Please complete this form to petition for your son to remain at RMA beyond March 22. The deadline for submitting your petition is Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. EDST, else they are expected to leave by noon, March 22, 2020. For India Company only, today marks your last day on campus.
 
PLEASE UNDERSTAND that once your cadet leaves RMA tomorrow or in the following days, he will not be allowed back on campus until the threat of the virus has passed and the campus reopens sometime after Commencement day. We certainly hope that our summer programs and camps will be up and running for your cadet.
 
To give cadets and faculty time to make the transition to online learning, the week of March 16-20 has been designated a transition period as well as a pause in operations. Spring break, April 4-13, remains as such. There will be no online instruction that week.
 
This was not an easy decision to make and came only after reviewing the options we have as a boarding school comprised of 400-plus domestic and international students. We had to try to best meet the needs of a wide variety of families and students while fulfilling our mission to educate your son. This approach described above aligns with steps taken by universities and colleges, peer secondary boarding schools, and also follows the recommendation of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
 
We also know this is welcome news for some of you and for others it presents challenges. We are committed to completing the spring academic semester and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to fulfill their academic requirements. Until further information is provided, we still DO PLAN to hold Commencement, but with only seniors and their families returning to participate in the ceremony.
 
You will have many questions, and we pledge to communicate clearly and transparently with you in the days, weeks, and months to come.
 
Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President

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March 12, 2020 

Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty, Staff, and Cadets,
 
We continue to move forward with planning for the wellbeing of the Corps of Cadets and the faculty/staff. We are monitoring news and updates about the coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases in Hall County, Georgia, or at RMA.
 
Per Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s message today that schools consider closing for two weeks and/or transition to online learning, we continue to prepare for the potential execution of digital education.
 
Please watch for messages tomorrow providing updates as we have them.
               
Thank you for the many responses to the last message. Your son’s wellbeing is our chief priority.
 
Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President

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March 11, 2020 

Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty, Staff, and Cadets,
 
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak as we plan RMA’s ongoing response. While we receive news and updates from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the Georgia Department of Public Health as well as news outlets, there are no easy answers. This is a fluid evolving situation, and we are considering all options to maintain the wellbeing of our cadets, teachers, and staff.
 
As of this date, there are more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, 13 of which are in Georgia. There are no confirmed cases in Hall County, Georgia, where RMA is located.
 
The RMA Executive Staff, in consultation with the RMA Board of Trustees, has agreed to implement the following:
 
CADET LIFE
 
To date, we have increased our sanitizing procedures campus-wide. FLIK, our food service provider, has eliminated self-service (salad bar, etc.), and all foods are now served by screened servers. The infirmary staff has increased supplies of medical and disinfectant essentials and is monitoring the health of cadets and staff who present any flu-like symptoms.
 
CALENDAR CHANGES
 
Out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with health advisories to reduce the risk of possible exposure to the virus, the following activities and trips are cancelled:
  • Eagle News Network (ENN) trip to Washington, D.C. March 11-15
  • Robotics team competition March 12-14
  • Folds of Honor color guard March 13-14
  • Corps of Cadets Parade in honor of first responders March 21
  • Military Ball March 21
  • Middle school trip to Charleston, S.C. March 19-21
  • Upcoming international travel for recruiting
  • Parents’ Day (parade, parent/teacher conferences) April 3
    (Information about virtual conferencing is forthcoming.)
Additional cancellations may follow.
 
ATHLETIC EVENTS
 
RMA athletic teams will continue competing as scheduled; however, beginning immediately, until further notice, we will prohibit spectators at RMA home athletic events. Attendance at away events will be determined by the host school.
 
ACADEMICS
 
We are closely watching the actions of schools like Princeton University, New York University, Duke University, and Stanford University as well as peer secondary schools that are immediately switching to online instruction or have plans to implement it if deemed necessary.  
 
RMA is also considering how online instruction may fit into our plan to complete the spring semester in a manner that is safest for all concerned. We have studied the feasibility of an online option and have determined that we have the ability to transition to it should the situation warrant it. Regardless of our decision, students will be able to earn full credit for this semester.
 
SPRING FURLOUGH
 
We are also considering the health and safety implications of the upcoming spring furlough (April 4-13). Our planning will be influenced by a number of factors, including but not limited to, mandates from the federal or state government, the spread of cases into Hall County, and the continued impact of the virus on airline travel availability. While many public and private schools are considering the same factors, RMA’s response may differ because of our particular challenges as a boarding school of 400-plus students from around the United States and the world.
 
We agree with the World Health Organization which stated, “We are in uncharted territory.” RMA has weathered numerous obstacles in its 112-year history, and you can be confident we are working diligently to plan for the welfare of all.  
 
I encourage you to let me know of your questions and concerns.
 
Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President
 
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March 6, 2020 

Dear RMA Parents, Guardians, Faculty, Staff, and Cadets,
 
We continue to monitor the coronavirus via the Department of Public Health in Georgia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There has been no change relative to the virus here at RMA. All activities and classes are continuing as scheduled.
 
We have increased our cleaning and sanitation procedures for the facilities, and we continue to encourage everyone to wash his or her hands frequently. Additionally, we encourage everyone to report any change in his or her health.
 
Again, activities and classes continue. We will update you periodically even if it’s just to let you know there is no change in status at RMA.
 
Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President

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March 4, 2020

Dear RMA Parents, Guardians, Faculty, Staff, and Cadets,

Tuesday morning, March 3, I invited officials from the Department of Public Health, District 2, state of Georgia, to meet with members of the RMA staff here on campus regarding the coronavirus. The purpose of the meeting was to better understand best practices to safeguard our cadets now and through spring furlough. In addition to consulting the Department of Public Health, we are monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, and receiving briefs from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). We are also in touch with peer boarding schools.

As of this writing, there are two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Fulton County, Georgia, (50 miles from RMA) but NO reported cases in Gainesville, GA, Hall County, or at RMA. We are acting, however, to keep the safety and wellbeing of our cadets, faculty, and staff our highest priority.
As a result, we are taking the following steps: We are increasing our inventory of cleaning and disinfectant supplies, non-perishable foods, toilet paper, bottled water, and other supplies that might be needed in the event of a disruption of supply chains due to a widespread outbreak. The RMA infirmary has already reviewed its inventory and has increased essential supplies. 

Compass Group, the RMA food service provider, has put in place enhanced hygiene measures for its food servers and staff. More frequent cleanings and sanitizing of highly touched surfaces are in place.  
The following best practices are advised by the Department of Health: 
  • Cadets, faculty, and staff who have not received a flu shot this season should consider doing so immediately. While there is no vaccine yet available for the coronavirus, the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of a double infection. Flu vaccines are available in the RMA infirmary.
  • Soap and water reportedly kill the coronavirus; therefore, everyone is urged to wash their hands frequently and for 20 seconds each time. Avoid touching your nose, eyes, or mouth.
  • Contact with handrails, door handles, and other hard surfaces should be minimized.  Avoid shaking hands.
  • If you experience flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, coughing), see your doctor or health care provider immediately.
Spring Furlough and Scheduled Travel

As spring furlough approaches (April 3-13) we have concerns about international travel. If you must travel outside the United States, we encourage you to review the travel advisories published by the CDC  and the U.S.  Department of State. The primary advice we received from the Department of Health officials is that the best way to limit the spread of the virus is to limit travel, therefore, we urge you to refrain from any unnecessary travel during spring furlough. If a cadet travels to a high-risk area as designated by the CDC, he will reportedly be screened at the American airport he returns to, and he will be screened again at RMA. 

We will update you periodically even if it’s just to let you know there is no change in information. Again, safety is our priority.

Very respectfully,
COL(R) Stas’ C. Preczewski
President
 
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