MEDIA

COVID-19 IMPACT ON OPERATIONS

24 March 2020 Update:

Due to COVID-19, Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation operations and events have been modified through mid-May. Our staff is committed to serving the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy community during this challenging period for us all. We will continue to advance our missions while protecting our staff and those we serve. An update on operations follows:

• Our staff is working remotely and remains connected via phone, email and videoteleconference. We will sustain critical business activity as appropriate during this period. All staff travel has been suspended through May 2020.

• Our offices are closed to the public through mid-May.

• Public alumni and volunteer events through mid-May in Annapolis have been canceled, postponed or shifted to virtual meetings; we will make determinations on future events as we have more information.

• Alumni, volunteer or staff meetings—e.g. board meetings; committee meetings; class, chapter, club and SIG meetings, etc.—will be conducted via conference call or video teleconferencing through mid-May. Staff members will communicate changes, updates and information to members of each group and participants in each meeting directly.

• A decision on the Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) scheduled for 11-12 June in Washington, DC, will be made in early May.

• USNA remains closed to visitors and the Brigade of Midshipmen’s return delayed until further notice. For updated USNA operations and announcements, visit www.usna.edu/COVID-19. A video message from Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean Buck ’83, USN, may be viewed at https://youtu.be/Wf7BE0a0Jc4.

• You can expect to hear from us in the months ahead with further Annapolis updates and an updated operations plan for the summer period after mid-May. We also encourage you to visit www.usna.com/covid-19 or Alumni Association and Foundation social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Our staff support for the Naval Academy and our alumni will continue during this difficult period in the U.S. and the world. You will continue to receive Shipmate. We will meet virtually during this period as schedules permit. We will help with career services. We will mentor our alumni and the Brigade. We will help each other and stay connected. We will be a resource to all of you in our global alumni community. We encourage you to share stories and experiences with us that will help other alumni, parents and friends persevere through these challenging times.

Our alumni community has endured many challenges to our safety and freedoms since 1845. The Naval Academy and our alumni have persevered and have led through the 1918 Spanish flu, multiple wars and conflicts globally, and 9/11. We will do so again with COVID-19.

In 2020, our Long Blue Line of alumni continue to serve our freedoms, with many on the front lines of the COVID-19 challenge. Our Alumni Association and Foundation will persevere through this period as well, connecting our alumni, parents and friends to one another, to the Academy, and to our respective communities.



16 March 2020

The safety and well-being of the Naval Academy community is very important to us. The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation is actively monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus/COVID-19. At this time, there are confirmed cases in Maryland, and Maryland has declared a state of emergency. Maryland has imposed a travel ban for state employees and, as part of elevated Level II operations, imposed mandatory telework for all non-essential state employees, effective as of Friday, 13 March.

The U.S. Naval Academy has also delayed the return of the Brigade until further notice, cancelled many Yard events through early April and modified access to the Yard and facilities. Please visit https://www.usna.edu/COVID-19/ for updated information from USNA.

We are committed to our mission of connecting alumni worldwide and supporting the Academy during this COVID-19 global pandemic period. We plan to minimize disruptions to our operations as much as feasible, while also protecting our employees, our Alumni Association and Foundation volunteer leaders, and our alumni visitors and guests in Annapolis.

Effective Close of Business Monday, 16 March 2020, the Alumni Association and Foundation will make the following adjustments:

1. Due to the 16 March executive order by Maryland Governor Hogan prohibiting large gatherings and events and closing senior centers, bars, restaurants, fitness centers and theaters in response to the crisis, the 15 March guidance from the CDC on large events and mass gatherings, and the 13 March updated COVID-19 USNA Yard restrictions and cancellations, the Alumni Association and Foundation will commence telework operations for nonessential staff. All staff will be reachable via published office phone numbers, or the general 410-295-4000 extension, and through email during this period.

2. The Alumni Association and Foundation physical offices and buildings will be closed to public visitors as of Close of Business 16 March. Visitors are encouraged to virtually meet with staff through phone or online meeting tools. Contact staff for the best options.

3. Essential Alumni Association and Foundation staff will support scheduled volunteer or other meetings/activities after 16 March virtually through conference calls or video conferencing options.

4. Essential Alumni Association and Foundation staff will also be available to support mission critical on-site  support functions for specified Enterprise or USNA meeting requirements. We will evaluate the public health risks of reopening our offices to the public during the next 30 days. We will extend or adjust, as appropriate, this modified operations plan to protect the health and well-being of our staff, visiting public and all who support our missions.  We will communicate future operational changes and event updates via email, social media, our office line (410-295-4046) and www.usna.com.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging COVID-19 public health period.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 

Maryland: The Office of Governor Larry Hogan - NEW
U.S. Naval Academy
Maryland Department of Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Guidance on Community Events 
World Health Organization
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center
The New York Times live updates
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation: https://www.usna.com/covid-19 and social media: (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn