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U.S. Naval Academy Coronavirus Guidance
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Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to spread and is an increasing force health protection threat worldwide. The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) is closely monitoring and preparing for any impacts to our mission. Our multidisciplinary COVID-19 Working Group is meeting regularly to monitor and mitigate impacts to our mission. While USNA remains a low-risk area, we will continue to assess the situation closely and remain prepared for any contingency.

As this is a dynamic situation, this page will provide timely information on the evolving outbreak, as well as actions the Naval Academy is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please check back regularly for recommendations and instructions for midshipmen, faculty and staff.

Commissioning Week

(Updated 5/2/20) We have received Navy leadership approval to begin having 1/C midshipmen voluntarily return to USNA in a staggered fashion commencing on 11 May to move their belongings out of Bancroft Hall and participate in a small, closed, socially-distanced, swearing-in event.  

There will be five staggered return periods (11-12 May; 13-14 May; 15-16 May; 17-18 May; and 19-20 May) occurring over a two-day window with no more than 210 1/C midshipmen present on any given day for administrative processing and move out. To maintain proper social distancing, no more than eight midshipmen per company will be permitted to return on any given day, no more than four midshipmen in a company area at one time, and no roommates scheduled on the same day. (There are 30 companies and each company has approximately 35 graduating midshipmen.) 

More details on this plan are forthcoming to the members of the Class of 2020 and to our sponsor families, but parents/friends/sponsors are NOT permitted to assist midshipmen with this Bancroft Hall move-out process.  

Midshipmen 1/C returning to Annapolis have been instructed to remain overnight between the two days either at home (for those who live close), in Bancroft Hall, at a local hotel, or in a leased residence. 

The second day of the two-day staggered return period will consist of a closed, in-person, in-uniform, socially-distanced ceremonial event in which the Class of 2020 will be sworn in. Each event will include only the graduating 1/C midshipmen from every company in the Brigade who executed their move-out the day prior.  

The Class of 2020 will retain their midshipman rank until their actual commissioning date of May 22, 2020.

The contents of the five ceremonial, in-person, swearing-in events are still being developed. 

In order to comply with health and safety requirements, graduating midshipmen and select Naval Academy officials are the only attendees and participants in these five separate, ceremonial, swearing-in events. These events are closed to all guests, including parents, family members, media and members of the public (including individuals with Yard access).

On May 22 a virtual graduation/commissioning ceremony celebrating the Naval Academy’s Class of 2020 will be broadcast at the link below. This is unchanged from the April 10 announcement. The virtual ceremony on May 22 will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT with a Class of 2020 tribute, followed by the ceremony itself beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The details of the virtual ceremony are under development, but the ceremonial swearing-in events will be filmed and incorporated as a part of the overall virtual ceremony.

https://watchstadium.com/live/us-naval-academy-graduation/

Previous communication on Commissioning Week

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why did you change your mind about this?
We are still conducting an all-virtual graduation ceremony on May 22; that has not changed. With a plan for the Class of 2020 to return to Bancroft Hall in a staggered manner to move out of their rooms and complete pre-commissioning administrative tasks, we opted to incorporate several smaller-scaled, ceremonial swearing-in events.

2. Why aren’t you just bringing all of them back at once like West Point is doing? 
Unlike West Point, we do not have separate berthing facilities for isolation areas. Bancroft Hall is a single dormitory, with communal heads and a single communal dining facility. Additionally, using a 14-day ROM period prior to the ceremony like West Point, and pushing the ceremony well into June will prevent many midshipmen from attending the ceremony as they have scheduled Fleet training (e.g. flight school) to attend. Finally, the COVID infection and death rates in Maryland continue to be on the rise as of 29 APR 20; executing one large ceremony on May 22 is not prudent, given health considerations.

3. Are parents permitted to attend the small commissioning events as spectators? What if they wear a mask and socially distance? Will you stop me from coming onto the Yard to watch the event?
In order to comply with health and safety requirements, these events are closed to all guests, including parents, family members, media and members of the public (including individuals with Yard access). The Naval Academy is closed, except for mission-essential personnel.

4. How will the small in-person events be integrated into the virtual event on May 22? Is that still happening?
The virtual ceremony on May 22, beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT with a Class of 2020 tribute, and ceremony start time of 3:00 p.m. EDT will include some video footage of the in-person events.

5. Can you livestream these small in-person events while they are happening?
We will not be livestreaming the five small, closed, socially-distanced swearing-in events. The virtual event on May 22, beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT with a Class of 2020 tribute, and ceremony start time of 3:00 p.m. EDT will include some video footage of the in-person events. Full recordings of the five swearing-in events will be made available after the May 22 virtual graduation and commissioning ceremony.

6. Is this event mandatory for Class of 2020? What if my midshipman cannot travel back to the Academy to participate?This is a voluntary, staggered return of members of the Class of 2020. Midshipmen who do not travel back to the Naval Academy per this plan are required to notify their chain of command and make other arrangements to move their belongings out of Bancroft Hall. Midshipmen who do not attend will still be commissioned on May 22, 2020.

7. What if I am a sponsor parent/work on the Yard/ active duty or retired/otherwise able to access the Yard even though it is closed. Am I permitted to come watch the event?
In order to comply with health and safety requirements, these events are closed to all guests, including parents, family members, media and members of the public (including individuals with Yard access). The Naval Academy is closed, except for mission-essential personnel.

8. What precautions will be taken to ensure the public health of the midshipmen, the faculty and staff, and the community? Will any sort of quarantine be instituted (like West Point’s 14-day quarantine)?
Prior to returning to the Naval Academy, members of the Class of 2020 will restrict their movement (ROM) for 14 days in their current location. During their return travel to USNA, they are being advised to wear a cloth face mask for ALL travel outside the home unless driving solo; limit stops and public contacts along the way; self-monitor temperature twice a day during travel.  If airplane travel is required, midshipmen should attempt to sit at least one seat away side to-side, front and back from all other travelers. Midshipmen are advised not to use public transportation such as a bus or train, and to utilize single-rider RideShare or Taxi if required to complete travel. Any symptoms of temperature > 100, cough OR shortness of breath are to be reported immediately to their chain of command before, during or upon arrival to USNA. Upon arrival at the Naval Academy, no more than four Class of 2020 midshipmen will be in their company area in Bancroft Hall at any time. A scripted scheme of maneuver will control movements inside Bancroft Hall to ensure social-distancing protocols are followed to the maximum extent practicable. 

9. Will the firsties officially graduate and commission during the five small group events prior to May 22, or will they still be considered midshipmen until May 22?
The Class of 2020 will retain their midshipman rank until their official commissioning date of May 22, 2020.

10. Where will the midshipmen go once they leave the Naval Academy after retrieving their belongings? Will they report to their next duty station or are they required to return home?
This varies for each member of the Class of 2020, based on their follow-on assignment orders.

11. When will the class of 2020 members officially become Ensigns/2nd Lieutenants?
The Class of 2020 will retain their midshipman rank until their official commissioning date of May 22, 2020.

12. Will there be photographers at the swearing-in events? Can parents hire photographers for the swearing-in events? Will parents get access to photos?
Due to public health concerns and to ensure compliance with federal, DoD and local coronavirus risk-mitigation measures, only DoD photographers will be permitted to document swearing-in events. DoD photographers will be medically screened prior to covering the swearing-in events. There are five photographers on the Naval Academy Public Affairs staff, and four more DoD photographers from the Defense Media Activity are volunteering to support each of these events, in addition to a videographer. Photos from each swearing-in event will be made available beginning May 22 after the virtual graduation ceremony at www.usna.edu.

DoD/DoN Guidance

In addition to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Naval Academy is following amplified guidance put forth by the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy.

Midshipman Updates

(3/18/20) Given how rapidly the disease has spread and the response efforts locally, nationally, and within the DoD, the Superintendent announced Mar. 18 the decision to delay the return of the Brigade of Midshipmen from spring break until further notice, with the intent to start online/remote academic instruction on Friday, Mar. 20.

The brigade is receiving regular communication from the Commandant of Midshipmen, as well as midshipman leadership, on guidance, expectations, and requirements of them during this time. All midshipmen are required to provide daily accountability by 12:00 p.m. EDT, as well as check in with their chain of command and communicate any changes in health, difficulties in virtual studies, or other challenges that may arise. 

Communication

Communication sent to the campus community about the coronavirus outbreak is provided below.

Parent Updates

The health and well-being of our midshipmen remains our top priority, as we continue to assess the situation and prepare for any contingency. All communication sent to the parent community about the coronavirus outbreak will be provided below.

Travel Guidance and Restrictions

In addition to travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Naval Academy is following amplified travel guidance and restrictions set by the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy.

 Resources

Cancellations and Modifications

Visitor Restrictions

(Updated 3/17/20) As a precautionary measure, and in response to the world and nationwide spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Naval Academy will temporarily close to visitors as of March 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. This restriction does not impact access for all authorized visitors, which includes USNA residents; faculty, staff, and coaches; Department of Defense-issued Common Access Card (CAC) ID card holders; dependent/retiree ID card holders; Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) card holders; or anyone conducting official business. 

Individuals with CAC/DBIDS will retain base escort privileges. 

Gate 3 will be accessible via turnstile only; all other gate hours remain unchanged.

Worship Services 

(Updated 3/17/20) Effective immediately, due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all *public worship services held at the United States Naval Academy are canceled until further notice. 

Additionally, the Main Chapel and crypt of John Paul Jones will be closed to public visitation. We will revisit this decision on a regular basis based on the health protection environment. We hope to resume providing support to a variety of faith communities in the near future.

*Funerals and weddings are private services

Funerals

The Memorial Affairs coordinator is reaching out directly to the family point of contact for previously-scheduled funerals and committals.  

Weddings

Wedding coordinators and catering staff will reach out to points of contact for spring events.

Crypt of John Paul Jones

Due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the crypt of John Paul Jones will be closed to public visitation until further notice. We will revisit this decision on a regular basis based on the health protection environment.

Visitor Center, Gift Shop, and Public Tours

Out of concern due to the Coronavirus, the Naval Academy Business Services Division has temporarily closed the Naval Academy Visitor’s Center (which includes the Gift Shop) and discontinued our public tours. We are sincerely thankful to all of our patrons and we look forward to serving you in the near future. 

Retail Services

(Updated 3/17/20) Out of concern due to the coronavirus, the Naval Academy Business Services Division has temporarily modified services at the following:

  • 1845 Coffee Shop (closed)
  • Nimitz Library Coffee Shop (closed) 
  • Drydock (closed)
  • Steerage (closed)
  • The Alley Restaurant (open to faculty and staff only for take/delivery only; Monday-Friday 1100-1400)
  • Midshipmen Store (closed) 
  • Uniform Store (closed)
  • 5th Wing Dry Cleaning (closed) 
  • Laundry (open to midshipmen only)
  • Barbershop (limited hours; by appointment only)
  • Repair Tailor Shop (closed) 
  • Cobbler Shop (closed) 
  • Midshipmen Computer Repair Center (open by appointment only)
  • Warehouse (open for deliveries)
  • Brigade Sports Complex (closed)

We are sincerely thankful to all of our patrons and we look forward to serving you in the near future. 

Events on the Yard

(Updated 4/8/20) Due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the following events have been canceled at the United States Naval Academy:

  • Candidate Visit Weekend (Mar. 19-21) - postponed
  • Distinguished Graduate Award Ceremony (Mar. 20) - postponed
  • Pipes and Drums Concert (Mar. 20)
  • Girls STEM (Mar. 21)
  • Faculty Promotion and Tenure Ceremony (Mar. 26) - postponed 
  • McCain Conference (26-27 Mar.)
  • Candidate Visit Weekend (Mar. 26-28) - postponed
  • Safety at Sea Seminar (Mar. 27-29)
  • Glee Club Concert (Mar. 27)
  • Army-Navy Rugby (Mar. 28) 
  • Submarine Ball (Mar. 28)
  • International Ball (Apr. 4)
  • Admissions Center of Influence Visit (Apr. 5-8)
  • Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (Apr. 7-9)
  • Forrestal Lecture (Apr. 7)
  • Faculty Awards and Dedication Ceremony (Apr. 16)
  • Practice Parade (Apr.15) and Dedication Parade (Apr. 17)
  • Croquet vs. St. Johns (Apr. 18)
  • Girls on the Yard (Apr. 19)
  • Gender Matters Performance (Apr. 21-23)
  • Brigade Concert (Apr. 24)
  • Special Olympics (Apr. 25-26)

Office of Admissions

(Updated 5/18/20) Induction for the United States Naval Academy Class of 2024, originally scheduled for Jun. 25, 2020, has been delayed by approximately one week. The Naval Academy will receive the incoming class over a four-day period, Jun. 29 - Jul. 2, 2020. Incoming students will be notified of their new report date and time over the next week. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will this change the report date/time for candidates?
Yes.  The Class of 2024 will be received in small groups over a four-day period from June 29 - July 2 to accommodate social distancing measures. Incoming midshipmen will receive a new Permit to Report letter from the Office of Admissions via email with their new report date/time over the next 10 days.  

2. What measures is the U. S. Naval Academy taking to ensure the safety of my son/daughter who will be joining the Class of 2024?
A number of measures are being taken to ensure  the safety of your son or daughter, as well as that of  the faculty, staff and midshipmen who will be overseeing their training.  These include: sanitizing living spaces in Bancroft hall prior to arrival, spreading out report dates/times to facilitate social distancing, issuance of face masks, COVID-19 screening upon arrival, a 14-day quarantine period for all inductees and their midshipman chain of command, repeat COVID-19 testing at the end of quarantine, and distancing strategies after quarantine to minimize the risk of exposure during Plebe Summer. The Naval Academy has a full-time staff of medical professionals who are available 24 hours a day/7 days per week to evaluate and treat  midshipmen.

3.If my son/daughter is determined to be positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, will he/she be allowed to join the incoming class?
Our intention is to provide medical treatment for any incoming plebe who tests positive for COVID-19 and allow them to continue training once cleared by medical personnel.

4. If my son/daughter has or has had COVID-19, will he or she be allowed to join the Class of 2024?
Candidates who have had and COVID-19 must contact our staff before reporting. These cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

5. If the Class of 2024 is in-processing over a four-day period, will there still be an Induction Ceremony in T-Court? Will it be livestreamed for parents to watch?
An induction ceremony will be conducted after the 14-day ROM period. However, due to health concerns related to COVID-19, it will not be open to the public. More information will be provided about this at a later date.

6. Will parents be able to drive new midshipmen to the Academy? Where is the drop off location?
Arrangements are being made for parents to drop-off their sons or daughters at Alumni Hall on the Naval Academy grounds. Details concerning the procedures for drop-off will be promulgated separately.

7. What if someone is traveling/flying in the day before? Where should they stay?
Lodging will be available in Bancroft Hall for students who do not have other arrangements and are arriving earlier than their report date. However, to minimize the need to travel prior to report dates for incoming students, we are making every effort to shift report times later on report days to accommodate same day travel, particularly from more distant locations.

8. Will there be transportation from BWI airport?
Transportation will be available from BWI for students who are traveling unaccompanied. 

9. Will new midshipmen be reimbursed for any travel expenses?
Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), which govern travel for federal employees, authorize reimbursement for accession travel. Details on reimbursable expenses will be provided in the permit to report (PTR) letter.  Candidates will complete a travel voucher upon arrival at the Naval Academy.

10. What should the Class of 2024 wear when reporting to the Naval Academy this year?
As in past years, appropriate civilian attire is all that is required of candidates who will be inducted in the incoming class. Candidates will be directed to bring their permit to report letter with them at check-in. Due to health concerns this year, each arriving candidate will be issued a face mask, which is required of all personnel.

(Updated 4/13/20) After closely and carefully monitoring the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus nationally, we have regretfully made the difficult decision to cancel our much-anticipated residential summer programs, Summer Seminar and STEM Camp, scheduled for late May and June 2020.  

This decision was made in order to protect the health and welfare of our summer program attendees, as well as our midshipmen, faculty and staff who were selected to lead each program.  It was also necessary to cancel these programs in order for the U.S. Naval Academy to safely induct the Class of 2024 and conduct summer training for our current midshipmen, keeping them on track to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

We are deeply disappointed, as many of you are, with this news. However, our Office of Admissions staff is working diligently to create new and additional outreach opportunities, including residential programs, as soon as it is safe to do so. We ask you to stay connected in the meantime through our Admissions website at www.usna.edu/admission and social media sites on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates. Additionally, our staff is available daily via live chat from the “Contact Us” chat widget on our Admissions website.

We all look forward to talking with you in the near future.  Please stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.

(Updated 3/24/20) The U.S. Naval Academy Office of Admissions continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Based on what is currently known, the vast majority of young people recover without medical issues. In this context, there are no plans to deny admission to individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and recover.  If your healthcare provider recommends being tested, we strongly encourage you to follow their advice, without worrying that your testing will impact your ability to accession as a Midshipman.

Due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, United States Naval Academy Office of Admissions is reducing or postponing our external outreach efforts, including staff travel to many communities nation-wide, through at least mid-April. Large group events such as Candidate Visit Weekends for juniors and seniors as well as a Centers of Influence Conference previously scheduled in March and April have been postponed as well. Additionally we have temporarily suspended face-to-face briefings in our office. We will make determinations weekly regarding engagements in the remainder of April and May. We hope to resume our normal outreach efforts as soon as the national situation improves.

In the meantime, the Office of Admissions remains fully operational. We are providing the Admissions Brief virtually in lieu of face-to-face public briefings. The brief is available online at Youtubewhich will be accompanied by a live chat with Admissions staff for questions and answers from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Saturday. The live chat will be accessible from the “Contact Us” chat widget available on our Admissions website.

You are still able to contact the Office of Admissions by phone at 410-293-1858, by email at inquire@usna.edu, via our social media (listed below), or via our website.

Admissions information materials may also be found on our website.

USNA remains open, and we continue to monitor and assess this dynamic situation. Please check the USNA Admissions website and social media (Facebook, InstagramTwitter) regularly for updates.


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