*If the administration of Oak Ridge Military Academy has further updates on the COVID-19 situation, they will be posted on this page*
March 24, 2020 Update
UPDATE to Parent Visitation Policy:
Due to the recent mandate by the Governor of North Carolina and to the increase in Coronavirus cases, we will not be allowing cadets to have outside visitors for at least the next two weeks. We know that this is an inconvenience, but we feel that this action is absolutely necessary to protect our cadets under these circumstances. We will keep in constant contact with you as our situation changes.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.
March 19, 2020 Update
March 13, 2020 Update
The latest reports show that this virus, originating in China, has now entered our part of the country. The viral outbreak is now classified as a “pandemic” and seems to be spreading more rapidly and causing more harm than originally anticipated.
In order to ensure not only the health and safety of your Cadet, but also that their academic year is completed with minimal interruption, we have made the following schedule adjustments:
- ORMA will accelerate the academic year and minimize Cadet exposure to the virus by cancelling Spring Break (April 10-19). We will continue to hold classes.
- The Academic Department will move to a fuller class schedule in the remaining weeks of the 2019-20 school year in order to meet contact-hour requirements for courses. The Academic day will run from 8AM – 4:30PM, Monday through Friday with Cadets taking all seven classes each day. Help Classes will be held from 4 – 4:30PM, Monday through Thursday. Exams will be taking place during the week of April 27 – May 1.
- By accelerating our class schedule, we will be able to have our Graduation Ceremony on May 2nd, therefore sending your Cadet home for the summer 3 weeks early. We feel this is the most productive way to keep our Cadets safe while accomplishing our academic goals.
- Because of the possibility of a strain of the Coronavirus being brought back to campus, all 5-day Boarding Students will be required to stay on campus as 7-day Boarding Students. We simply must try to keep our campus as closed as possible to prevent any outside viral contamination.
- Day Students will have the option of either becoming 7-day Boarders for the remainder of the school year or stay home and complete coursework remotely. Day Students will not be allowed to travel to and from home each day. We recognize this is a challenging decision for parents, but will need to be made before Monday, March 16, 2020.
- All interscholastic athletic competitions are canceled after Friday, March 13th until further notice, per North Carolina’s Athletic Mandate.
- All travel from the Academy has been postponed until further notice.
We apologize for the short notice and the inconveniences this may cause to families. However, with local and world-wide impact, as well as state/federal guidelines for limiting the spread of the virus, ORMA is committed to staying as proactive as possible. We must protect our Cadets and potentially vulnerable staff/faculty members, while striving to finish this year’s Academic Program well. As this situation evolves, we will update you as soon as possible on any other changes.
Please feel free to contact any of the listed Administration with any questions or concerns:
-Dr. Steve Wilson – Headmaster
Cell: (336) 317-0093
-Caroline McKaughan – Academic Dean
-CSM Terrence Lewis – Commandant
Cell: (336) 209-4573
-Frances Chelf, RN – Resident Nurse
Cell: (919) 413-4416
March 10, 2020 Update
Statement for Coronavirus Actions Taken:
-Our resident nurse has addressed the cadet corps on two separate occasions concerning the proper cleaning procedures to prevent the spread of any virus or bacterial particles
-Hand sanitizers have been positioned and filled in every classroom, bathroom and dorms and will be constantly monitored to make sure they are filled
-Cleaning crews have been instructed to pay special attention to handrails and door handles when going through their normal cleaning procedures
-All students with flu like symptoms are instructed to report to the resident nurse immediately for evaluation.
-Any students returning from an extended break, will be required to report directly to the resident nurse before returning to either their class or billeted for evaluation as to vital signs including temperature control. Students who return with flu like symptoms will be sent to our Primary Clinic for further evaluation and then billeted in separate rooms and wear respiratory mask for 14 days
-In the event that a high-risk pandemic occurs on campus, the available vacant dorms will be used to quarantine any affected student, or these students will be evacuated from campus
-Evacuating our entire school will be considered a last resort but will certainly be an option with the occurrence of a viral pandemic.
Dr. Steve Wilson, Headmaster