Wondering how online classes are going? We asked some of our teachers and parents for their viewpoints, and wove them into this article.
Click here to read a letter from Gen Wesley to the R-MA community.
March 23rd Update
As you may have heard, today Virginia Governor Ralph Northam directed that all K-12 schools would be closed through the end of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we will not be returning to our physical campus in the coming weeks, our dedication to our students' education remains unchanged. R-MA suspended on-campus instruction prior to the Governor's order to close the schools. We stood up on-line instruction around the globe in less than a week, and those lessons will continue until the end of the current semester. Our seniors will graduate on time with substantially the same subject matter knowledge originally scheduled for this academic year. Our underclassmen will complete their studies on the originally set schedule, with minor variations to accommodate further direction from the Virginia Council for Private Education and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, both of which serve as accrediting bodies for R-MA. Our commitment to our students and their parents will be kept to the furthest extent possible, consistent with the safety of our teachers and staff. We've done that for 128 years and, in spite of the current health crisis, we intend to deliver on that promise again this year.
March 19th Update
In the interest of safety and to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, all R-MA personnel will begin working remotely as of Friday, March 20th. At this time, the return to campus is anticipated to be April 19th.
Please note that the campus is now closed to visitors. If you are interested in visiting the campus once this crisis has passed, please contact one of the following offices:
- Prospective students and families, email the Admission Office.
- Alumni and families, contact the Advancement Office.
- General community members, contact the Office of Communications.
You may also reach individual faculty and staff members via email. All offices will be operating remotely with personnel attending to on-campus duties intermittently as needed. In addition, our wordwide online classes will continue. Security officers and those who cannot complete duties from home will continue alternating work schedules on campus.
For information regarding the Virginia cases or the coronavirus in general, please visit the Virginia Department of Health website or call the hotline at 1-877-ASK-VDH3.
Click here to read the letter from Gen Wesley.
Click here for information from Dean Hegedus and Mr. Ballard concerning online learning, which begins Wednesday, March 18th.
March 12, 2020
Given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, Randolph-Macon Academy will be suspending on-campus classes at the end of the day on Friday, March 13 and asking students to depart campus beginning that afternoon.
We understand this is not ideal. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our immediate area, but we are guided by several goals: protecting the health of our students, faculty, and staff, and to help slow the spread of the virus.
During tomorrow’s class periods, we will be preparing students to move to a virtual learning environment. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, we start our classes online through April 9th, when the spring break begins.
The timeline below coordinates staff and student actions for their transition home.
Friday, March 13
- Faculty virtual learning environment training/planning 8:00-9:00am;
- Classes will follow with all seven classes meeting for 30 minute periods with faculty instruction on virtual learning.
- Students may begin leaving following the last class at 2:00pm.
Saturday, March 14
- Proceed with SAT administration; families can decide whether to cancel or reschedule their testing.
Saturday, March 15
- Students continue to depart campus.
Monday, March 16 - Tuesday, March 17
- Monday and Tuesday will be teacher work days for faculty to prepare for remote learning and for students to transition back home.
Wednesday, March 18
- Transition fully to online learning following regular class schedule on the current rotation.
Sunday, March 22
- Open House 2-4 pm as currently scheduled, but may move to a virtual platform as necessary. This is the best option for our community as well as individual students at this time.
Those who were interested in their student remaining on campus for spring break will need to plan on their student staying off-campus in the arrangements made for this duration.
No school-sponsored events will be held on or off campus. If possible, we will make up internal events.
At this time, the following major events on our schedule have been cancelled:
- Parade Unit's Florida Trip
- Drill Team's Trip to AFJROTC National Drill Meet in Ohio
- New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
- Leadership Symposium and Tech Pilots Day at Middle School (both March 28th)
As we continue to monitor the situation off campus, virtual learning may last longer as needed for the safety of our students and employees. While students are able to leave things in their rooms, you should be prepared for the long haul and bring things home that would enable virtual learning, particularly your Macbook and charger.
A structured, healthy routine including physical activity would be advised. This will be helpful when campus operations resume.
We will keep you aware as the situation evolves and new information is received. We aspire to return to full-time, in-residence operations as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. Please continue to check this page for updates.
For questions regarding the Virginia cases or general coronavirus questions, please contact: Virginia Department of Health hotline: 1-877-ASK-VDH3. For the latest public health updates go to: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronav....