COVID-19 Updates

All visitors to campus will need to fill out the Spring Campus Visitor Survey. All visitors are required to go to the campus infirmary for a temperature check prior to entry. These and other precautionary measures will help to ensure the health and safety of the Hargrave community. We will remain vigilant to prevent spreading the coronavirus.

Fall 2020 COVID-19 Preparedness


Schools across the country are continuously updating and adjusting reopening plans, leaving families little in the way of certainty. We believe that it is in the best interest of our cadets that we remain firm in our commitment to a full reopening for the 2020 school year.  

Hargrave will reopen as scheduled for our Fall 2020 semester, with all matriculations occurring before our first day of classes on August 27th. We are excited to get the school year started, get the cadets in the classroom for in-person instruction, on the athletic fields for rigorous sports and athletics, into the chapel for uplifting faith development and building their character through engaged leadership and relationship building.  

Chatham, Virginia, has been a very safe environment from COVID-19, and we expect it to remain so. Hargrave is committed to doing our part to minimize any risk. We are diligently working to test all staff, faculty, TACs, and cadets for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus.  We will follow all CDC, state, and local health and safety measures.  

We will implement these safety protocols in a common-sense approach to ensure the safest, healthiest, and most productive environment possible for our cadets. Safety measures on campus include: 

  • Daily temperature checks
  • Monitoring for students, faculty, and staff with symptoms by our Registered Nurses
  • Quarantining symptomatic students 
  • Pre-screening of visitors to campus to include surveys and temperature checks upon arrival 
  • Reinforcement of our ongoing cleaning and sanitation efforts to keep our environment as healthy as possible and minimize the risk of surface transmission
  • Continued social distancing practices 
  • Face mask utilization when appropriate

Our nursing staff of registered nurses will maintain around-the-clock staffing of our infirmary. We have expanded our infirmary capacity to create a designated quarantine area for cadets exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 infection while we await test results. This will mitigate any potential cross-contamination between cadets and others. 

The importance of athletics in the development of young men cannot be overstated. We are working out logistics of interscholastic sports with other boarding schools around the state. In the event that we are prohibited from participating in interscholastic athletics, we will execute plans for robust intramural sports across the campus. We have also bolstered our on-campus club and activity offerings to provide our cadets with a myriad of engaging and fun opportunities. We are committed to providing opportunities for fitness, athletics, and physical activity for our young men.  

We know our cadets will achieve greater academic success with in-person instruction.  Should there be restrictions levied by the state, boarding cadets will receive traditional classroom instruction and remain on campus vice returning home and doing virtual classwork. However, we will allow families to remove their son and participate in virtual learning should they so choose. Day cadets would attend classes remotely, but will be able to come to campus for individual academic support. By doing so, our program will continue providing the greatest potential for cadet success, while safeguarding our cadets and their families. 

Again, we are excited to get the school year started with cadets on campus engaging in fun and productive activity. If you believe a Hargrave education could benefit your son or a young man in your life, please contact our Admissions team by clicking Inquire Now or calling our Admissions Office at 1 (800) 432-2480.

COVID-19 Update: What’s Next?


I apologize for the somewhat formal tone of the following letter. But somehow just saying “we’re going to be smart, reasonable, have goals, make achievable plans, work together and remain flexible” doesn’t live up to the expectations of an academic type being long-winded!

Background (Who & Why):

The Hargrave faculty are striving to meet the academic needs of our cadets while remaining sensitive to the social, mental, and emotional health and well-being of each cadet. The COVID-19 public health situation has been quickly-evolving and forces us to change the delivery component of our current educational model (ie it’s about a relationship — sometimes walking shoulder to shoulder and other times, face to face). We understand that Hargrave “works” for specific reasons that include structure, order, and discipline.

We will work on creating a “remote learning environment” (i.e., “Hargrave at home”) that strives to minimize structural changes in the learning environment while acknowledging the obvious: the cadet will be at a remote location. Otherwise, we will strive to provide structure, order, and accountability for cadets as they work toward academic goals.

Just as so many other things at Hargrave, academic success is predicated on clear expectations, time to meet those expectations, and a meaningful relationship between faculty and cadet.

Review of the last 2 days:

  • The majority (but not all) cadets have left campus.
  • Some cadet travel plans cannot be easily changed and consequently some remain on campus.
  • Our faculty & staff are healthy and expected to be on-campus.

What’s Next (the What’s, When’s, Where’s, and How’s)?

During the week of 16 March,

  • Faculty will contact their students in each class to provide at-home work.
    • Think of this as close to “business as usual” as possible when we have a sick cadet or faculty member and/or activities require faculty or cadets to be away from the classroom. Each faculty has a different approach (problem packets, readings, research work, etc.). In reality, some faculty already have a daily classroom highly augmented by technology resources. Others… not so much. We are not interested in jumping to a new model with “no notice” (and with predictably poor results) when it is not necessary.
    • Parents and cadets: consider this a “school week.” It is a time to sort through the details of the reality of remote learning. Some cadets are now leading their siblings or neighbors. Some families will be struggling to figure out the new normal. Please identify challenges to faculty so that they can better understand the home situation.
  • Cadets will get credit for the work assigned by faculty.
  • The results of their efforts will be reflected on the Interim grade (the interim marking period ends 3/20 and interim grades will be posted on 3/23). An “interim” grade is not the “official” marking period grade, but it gives parents and others a more formal notice about how things are going.
  • Hargrave will remain open during normal hours with faculty on-campus and available to answer cadet questions.
  • During this week, the Hargrave faculty will be working on preparing their remote learning “how to’s” through a deliberate course of training so we can provide the highest quality lessons for the week of 30 March and beyond.

During the week of 23 March,

  • Faculty and Cadets are expected to be on “vacation.”
  • Hargrave offices will be open.
  • For cadets and families that were unable to adjust to expectations during the previous week, this is some “breathing room” to make adjustments.
  • We expect that this is a first reasonable date for our Country to have seen “good data” on the outbreak and for the dust to settle.

During the week of 30 March,

  • Cadets do not return to campus on 29 March
  • Hargrave will begin using a “remote learning” model. Cadets will have “classes” with posted times to be able to contact faculty and classmates starting on March 30th. Remote class details (will they be chats, Google classroom documents, video, etc.) will be provided NLT March 28th.
  • Remote classes will continue until a “Return to Hargrave” directive is given.

The end-date for this remote learning environment will be determined by the Hargrave Administration. Considerations include:

  • Health, safety, and environmental conditions that exist locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Ensuring 7 day notification prior to expecting a cadets’ return to campus.
  • Expectations and location of exams and/or graduation.
  • Expectations and location of other campus activities that require the participation of outside organizations.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other administrator to discuss these issues.

Respectfully yours,
Dr. Jim Tung

COVID-19 Update: Campus Closure Plan

Dear Parents, Families, Faculty, Staff, and Cadets,

I wanted to provide you the current plan for the Academy in response to the COVID-19 situation.

As you are likely now aware, today around 2pm, the Virginia Governor mandated that all K-12 educational institutions in the state of Virginia close for a minimum of two weeks commencing on March 16th.

We are here to support all families as we implement this mandate. Our current plan is summarized below:

  • 16-20 March: Cadet homework week; homework will be assigned on Monday by faculty
  • 20-29 March: Spring Break
  • 30 Mar: Remote classes begin

The Academic Dean will provide details for the activities outlined above via separate correspondence.

Cadets may depart campus beginning today, Friday, March 13 using our normal pass request and sign out procedures. Cadets are expected to take with them all necessary materials to fulfill academic requirements.

We understand that it may take several days for cadets to depart campus, and have services and programs in place for students who need to remain on campus until their originally planned Spring Break departure.

If for some reason, you feel it is in the best interest of your cadet for him to remain at Hargrave, please coordinate that request through the military department. Please understand that upon your cadet’s departure from campus, he will not be allowed back until campus reopens at a yet to be determined date. We will monitor the situation and provide regular updates as things unfold. When a decision is made for cadets to return to campus, we will ensure at least a week’s notice is given.

We appreciate your assistance and patience as we continue to address a dynamic situation. As always, our focus remains the health and safety of all cadets while ensuring they meet their full academic requirements for the school year.

Michael Brown
President, Hargrave Military Academy

Monitoring the Spread of Coronavirus

Dear Hargrave Parents:

We are closely monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our cadets and the Hargrave community are not at high risk at this time. However, we are monitoring for the symptoms which can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Per CDC and Virginia Department of Health guidance, suspected cases will be tested for common influenza and then for COVID-19 unless the patient meets the following high-risk factors: close contact with a known case of COVID-19, or a history of travel from an affected geographic area within 14 days of symptoms onset.

At this time, our efforts are focused on preparedness and prevention. We have reviewed and updated our response plans accordingly. The Infirmary staff provides a weekly report of all illnesses, are tracking the latest CDC and VDH information and they are tied into the mandatory reporting system. Our custodial staff is putting extra effort into the sanitization of surfaces. Our faculty are also ensuring desks and classroom surfaces are wiped down regularly. Most importantly, all faculty, staff, and cadets are focusing on staying healthy and regularly washing their hands and practicing good hygiene.

Any sick cadets will be treated per our current influenza protocol with quarantine in the Infirmary, testing, and treatment in accordance with the CDC/VDH guidelines. Parents will be contacted in the event of any illness on campus.

We ask for your cooperation in a few areas. First, if you or your cadet are sick with any flu-like symptoms, please stay home until symptom-free for 24 hours. Second, encourage and model good handwashing and hygiene habits at home. Third, review the CDC traveler’s guidelines when planning trips, especially for spring break travel. Finally, please communicate with our Hargrave Infirmary Staff if you have any concerns, visit areas or with people considered high risk for COVID-19.

There are no current travel warnings issued for travel within the United States or most foreign countries. However, please review the latest information from the CDC prior to travel. We ask that anyone who travels to and from or has contact with someone who has recently traveled from the following countries notify our HMA Infirmary staff prior to returning to school: China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Hong Kong.

I have included links to several CDC information sites that are regularly updated and provide sound and dependable information regarding this illness. We don’t anticipate major impacts to our daily routine, but we are prepared to act if necessary. This is the first of regular communication as we navigate this situation.

Michael Brown
President, Hargrave Military Academy

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