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Safety at Our Private Academy: General Wesley Discusses the Success of Our Fall 2020 On-Campus Instruction

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all of us. Fortunately, Randolph-Macon Academy is proud to say that we managed to remain COVID-free for the Fall 2020 semester, having taken the necessary precautions to avoid the virus on campus.

In an interview with Washington’s Top News, retired Air Force Brigadier General and current head of our private academy, David Wesley, emphasized just how important the return back to school was for students, saying that “I’ve never seen our students more anxious to get back to class, because they want to be with each other.”

Of course, bringing students back to campus meant carefully assessing the situation and implementing rigorous safety and sanitation protocols. These included taking the daily temperatures of day students before they boarded the bus to arrive on campus, implementing social distancing measures, upping sanitation procedures, having one boarding student per dorm room, and more. R-MA even designated a wing where, in the event of a suspected infection, a student could comfortably sequester while awaiting test results or recovering from the virus.

The safety of students is a priority at R-MA, where masks continue to be worn and social distancing is consistently practiced—along with frequent cleaning of shared equipment. While the Fall 2020 semester was a resounding success, complacency is not an option. R-MA will continue to assess and adapt to the situation as needed, doing our utmost to keep students safe during these unprecedented times.