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NYMA's COVID-19 Safety Plan

New York Military Academy Reopening Safety Plan:

As the CDC, NYS, and Orange County BOH publish specific regulations, recommendations and guidance, NYMA will update plans to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines. We are committed to providing an inclusive, exceptional college preparatory education.


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Academic Buildings and Classrooms – Signage to indicate the direction in which to travel has been placed in hallways and stairways for consistent flow and social distancing. This will allow for distanced line-up and safe movement of students between classes.

Traditional sized classrooms have been reconfigured to allow for 8’ of distance between teacher and student, and 6’ of distance between students.  All students are facing in one direction and will not be grouped in configurations that would require facing one another. Windows and doors will remain open for cross ventilation as allowable. Outside classrooms may be used while the weather permits. 

Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at the entrances and second levels in every building on campus. Antibacterial hand soap has been placed by all sinks.  Signs have been posted with proper handwashing techniques.

All special events involving outside groups will be suspended until further notice to maximize safety.  Permissible gatherings and trips will be determined  in consultation with the administration and only if in compliance with safety regulations.

As mandated by the Orange County Board of Health, face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors and they must keep appropriate social/physical distance.  Students will arrive with 10 washable masks. We provide weekly laundry service with items returned cleaned by the next day. Student temperatures are taken at the morning formation before breakfast by the TAC officer.  Faculty temperatures are taken daily by the Dean of Academics.  Staff temperatures are taken daily by department heads.

Students with fevers of 100.0 or above or who are exhibiting other signs of illness will be sent to the infirmary for further evaluation.  Employees will be sent home.

Employees will complete a daily wellness survey by scanning QR on their phones and answering questions. Their temperatures will be taken daily. They will be provided disposable masks at no charge to them or may wear cloth masks of their own.

Visitors have limited access to campus at entrances where health screening and masks will be provided. Campus employees and students will be required to advise visitors of the safety policies in advance of visits.

Each classroom will be equipped with paper towels, antibacterial wipes, antibacterial cleaning solution, hand sanitizer, and tissues. Teachers will be expected to wipe down desk tops during class changes. Common objects (including school vehicles and common office equipment such as copy machines) and shared surfaces (such as door handles, banisters, and bathroom fixtures) are being addressed with a modified cleaning protocol. We will provide and maintain hand-hygiene stations in all common areas. These may include hand-washing soap, running warm water, disposable paper towels, lined garbage cans, as well as hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where hand-washing is not feasible.

Students will not compete with other schools until further notice. Cadets will have personal water bottles labeled with their names.  Potable water stations with hand sanitizer nearby will be made available. Bathrooms in the gymnasium will be used one at a time

All equipment will be wiped down and sanitized after each use.

Four to five supervised activities will be offered daily and then rotated on a two week basis. Students will be divided among activities.  Students will need to sign up ahead for the evening open gym so as not to exceed the maximum capacity cutoff.

Lunch is scheduled over two periods with long tables staged with chairs 6 ft apart. All table tops and chairs are sanitized in between service. Distance markers are on the floor to keep lines spaced appropriately. Self-serve salad bar has been temporarily suspended but will be served by the food service employees. All utensils have been pre-bagged and will be provided to students and employees.  Condiments will be provided in single-serve packets.

All food service workers will wear gloves in addition to proper face coverings.

Students will keep their masks on while in line and while receiving their food but may take their masks off while eating their meals and seated 6 feet apart.

Continued use of military formations/squads appropriately distanced will be used to enter and exit buildings to prevent crowding when possible. When not, access to areas will be limited to one cadet at a time.

School leaders will monitor staff and students throughout the day for signs of illness. Symptoms potentially include the following:

  • fever of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • cough
  • stuffy nose
  • chills
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell
  • congestion/runny nose
  • nausea and diarrhea
  • muscle/body aches
  • fatigue
  • headaches

Staff members exhibiting any of the symptoms above will be sent home.  Students will be sent to the infirmary and kept in isolation until they are picked up, as soon as possible by an authorized person. All sick staff members and students must be cleared by their physician before returning to school.

Individuals who are COVID-19 positive may only return to school after providing a note of medical clearance and a negative COVID-19 test result. In keeping with HIPAA law, at no time will the identity of any individual who is COVID-19 positive be revealed. The administration will notify all individuals who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive.  

School leaders will monitor student and staff absenteeism and rosters will be sent to the Orange County Board of Health as required.  All quarantine orders issued by the federal, state, and local government directives must be followed by students, faculty and staff.

The expectations and clear directives will be to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily and, as practical, regularly throughout the day by custodial staff.  Frequently touched surfaces include

  • Door handles and doorknobs
  • lightswitches
  • sink faucet handles
  • bathroom surfaces
  • countertops and tables
  • desks
  • chairs, iPads, laptops, computers
  • copy machine

Bathrooms will be disinfected with CDC-approved cleaners at least two to three times throughout the day and thoroughly cleaned daily.

There will be an avoidance of or limitation of shared objects and equipment.  When unavoidable, resources will be used to disinfect between each use.

Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned each day.

When students move from one area to another, disinfecting measures will be completed prior to the new group entering the area.

Windows will be opened as frequently as possible, weather permitting, to allow for maximum ventilation.

NYMA has moved to a trimester system, schedule as follows;

  • September 1- November 24th
  • January 4th – March 19th
  • April 6th – June 12th

Each class is being offered in person 5 days a week as well as during a rotational Saturday period.

Classes are being offered virtually to students who may not be able to attend in person.

Classes can be moved to all virtual if it becomes necessary.

 All boarding students will be assigned single rooms. As new students arrive they will be tested upon arrival and placed in a separate dormitory until their COVID-19 test results are returned.  Students will be offered virtual lessons during this 36- to 48-hour period until test results are received.

The boarding population has been asked to remain on campus for at least the first trimester unless it is absolutely necessary as in the case of doctor/dentist appointments. If students depart and they are exposed to a large gathering, they will be separated from the cohort for a period of 14 days and retested before they may rejoin the group.

Day students will not be permitted in dormitories.

The Board of Health requires that we randomly test 20% of our total on-site school population (this includes students and adults) at least once per week.