LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Military Institute will transition to a fully online learning environment starting Monday, November 23.
Superintendent JH Binford Peay III announced the decision on October 15. According to Peay, school officials have assessed the health of the Corps, as well as current local and regional trends related to COVID-19, as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
Rather than letting the Corps come and go from station to station, exposing cadets and families more to the
additional virus and limit the overlap of the pandemic and cold and flu season with the
academic teaching, we will switch to an online environment from Monday 23 November
JH Binford Peay III, Superintendent
The Cadet Corps will be discharged on a phased approach starting on
Friday November 20 as follows:
- Friday November 20, 2020, CAD: Cadets 1st class and Rats as well as cadets transported by cadets 1st class
- Saturday morning Nov 21, 2020: 3rd class cadets
- Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2020: 2nd class cadets
Cadets are expected to take all books, computers, and other supplies necessary to complete their college courses in an online environment for the remainder of the semester. All travel must be completed in time for cadets to participate remotely in courses on Monday, November 23.
Cadets with siblings from another class may remain at the barracks until their sibling’s class is cleared to leave. The staying cadet must notify the commanding staff of such an arrangement.
Barracks and cadet support services will remain open until the end of the fall semester for cadets who have extenuating circumstances, such as a family member at home who is at risk or those with Internet connection. International cadets and designated cadet-athletes will remain in the barracks until the end of the fall semester. Cadets who are authorized to remain in barracks until the end of the fall semester will be required to remain on duty during this period (including November 26-29).
Cadets who are in isolation (COVID-19 positive) or in quarantine on their scheduled departure date will remain on duty until they have met CDC requirements to be released from isolation or quarantine. Cadets remaining in barracks until the end of the semester or until they have met the CDC requirements to depart will be required to complete the LiveSafe application daily and follow the instructions generated by the survey.
Starting Monday, November 16, COVID-19 testing will be available to any cadet who wishes to be tested before leaving the post.
Cadets will return to their post for the spring semester January 17-18 to begin academic classes on January 21, 2021.
The Institute will ask the Corps to parade, in one way or another, during the inaugural presidential parade on January 20, 2021. Further information will be released once details of the parade are known.
The Ring Figure festivities for the Class of 2022 will take place on Friday November 20 and Saturday November 21. A class dinner where combat rings will be distributed will take place on Friday and a traditional ring presentation ceremony will take place on Saturday. Families will be invited to attend the ring presentation ceremony, although the number of guests per caddy is limited. The ceremony will be broadcast live for those unable to attend.
The start of December will be Saturday December 19 at Cameron Hall. A communication will be sent out next week to graduates of May 2020, as well as those on track for graduation in December. Details of participation and attendance associated with the December 18 winter commissioning exercises will also be available.
VMI has listed the tentative planning decisions and the following steps for the second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year:
- Gradual return of the Cadet Corps: January 17-18
- Course registration: January 18
- First day of class: January 21
- To limit the body’s exposure to the pandemic, there will be no spring break
- Last day of class: May 4
- Examinations: May 6 to 11
- Commissioning: May 15
- Start: May 16
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