Click Here for NMMI Updates for COVID-19! Last Updated: November 30, 2020

Most Recent Update:

November 19, 2020

Weekly Update – 11/19

Contact Information:

When the year began, each parent was provided a list of TLA and SLA numbers, by troop where you could contact and find out about the immediate outcome of your son or daughter: https://www.nmmi.edu/commandants-staff/ .

Other questions you might have such as financial, are listed in the NMMI Directory.

NMMI Campus COVID-19 Cases as of 11/30/2020

This dashboard will be refreshed daily.

Active Cases

1

Total number of NMMI cadets, faculty, and staff that have tested positive for COVID-19 and are still in the isolation period.

Cumulative Reported Positive Cases

110 Total

Total number of NMMI cadets, faculty, and staff that have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 2020.

NMMI Cadet COVID-19 Cases

Active Cases

None

Cumulative Reported Positive Cases

98

On-Post Active Cadets

None

The Fall 2020 semester has concluded, and all cadets are off campus.

NMMI Employee COVID-19 Cases

Active Cases

1

Cumulative Reported Positive Cases

12

Below is a series of questions related to our recent quarantine and other COVID-19 questions. If you have any additional questions that are not answered here, please contact your cadet’s TLA/SLA. See the last page for a directory of those contacts. If you require other contacts, please visit our website at: https://www.nmmi.edu/directory/

Why is NMMI undergoing a quarantine?

NMMI recently met with a large contingent of staff and faculty, parents and medical advisers, to discuss the way forward for the rest of the semester. In order to mitigate further positive cases, NMMI is mandating a 14-day quarantine for the entire Corps of Cadets effective from Monday 19 October, 2020 through Thursday 29 October, 2020.

Can a cadet return home for the quarantine?

  • Only cadets from New Mexico will be allowed to return to their homes for quarantine. NMDOH has a strict policy regarding quarantine protocols for crossing state lines requiring a 14 day quarantine upon returning to NM. If you are not a New Mexico Resident, you are authorized to quarantine in New Mexico with a sponsor.
    • NOTE: NM cadets must have a negative test result verified by the infirmary.  If they have not received their test result, they must wait until results are in.  We expect the remaining results by mid-week Monday, 19 October 2020.
  • NM cadets do not have to go home.
  • NM cadets will be double tested upon returning to Post.
    • If they are found to be positive for COVID, they will be isolated for 10 days from the positive result date.
    • The cadets will bear any costs associated with the tests.
      • The local lab charges $200 per test.
      • The NM Department of Health does offer tests at no cost, but the turn-around time has been slow.
    • The double test protocol requires 4 days quarantine between the two tests.
  • NM cadets and/or guardians must sign the infirmary quarantine affidavit prior to checking out.  A signed copy of this affidavit must be left with your TLA/SLA or command post. The affidavit is a promise to quarantine at home.
  • NM cadets must sign out with their TLA/SLA or command in NPF post prior to departing. A good contact number must be provided.  Do not go to the infirmary to sign out.

Cadets under 18 must have approval from parent / guardian coordinated with TLA/SLA.

What if a cadet departs for the remainder of the semester?

  • In accordance with NMMI’s existing policies, those that determine to depart for the remainder of the semester will be withdrawn from NMMI. Cadets deciding to return at a later date will be a Break-in-service student and required to re-apply.

How will instruction be delivered?

  • During quarantine, all cadets will receive instruction from NMMI through distance delivery learning. Details of this will be forthcoming through individual faculty. Cadets should contact their instructor or adviser if they have any questions.

Will my cadet be tested if they have no symptoms?

  • NMMI will provide rapid testing for cadets with symptoms, no matter how slight.  Infirmary staff will determine to apply a PCR test if rapid test is negative and cadet has any symptoms.

How and by whom is the infirmary staffed?

  • We are open and available to cadets 24/7.
  • Clinic times with our on-site providers, Tuesday 4-6pm, Friday 8-10 am.  Our doctor’s clinic schedule varies for the infirmary; however, times are always listed ahead of time on the infirmary clinic calendar
  • Sick Call – 0700 for all cadets with the exception of Isolation cadets who have a call number.
  • Scheduled medical appointments – Cadets with appointments offsite are handled as usual.
  • The infirmary is available for sick call and emergencies only.  The infirmary is managing care for cadets in isolation and those in quarantine. Please do not go to or contact the infirmary for non-medical questions.

How will cadets and families be notified of positive COVID test results? And how will positive cases be handled on post?

  • For minors, parents will be notified by the infirmary if their cadet tests positive; all adult cadets must inform their parents of any positive results.
  • Cadets who are currently positive or who are found to be positive with any subsequent testing will be kept in isolation.
  • Cadets who are in medical isolation or identified as close-contact quarantine will be interviewed daily by NMMI medical staff for COVID symptoms.

I am concerned about the mental health of my cadet. Who should I be in contact with and what supports are there?

  • The first contact should always be to your cadet’s Troop Leadership Advisor (TLA) or Squadron Leadership Advisor (SLA). For a complete list of contact numbers, see last page.
  • You may also contact the infirmary at (575) 624-8235 or Chaplain Mace at (575) 624-8211.
  • Chaplain Mace has a list of local counselors he can provide to families who are in need of additional referrals. NMMI is also in the process of hiring some life coaches to support our cadets.

How will meals be provided?

  • During the quarantine period, all meals will be delivered to the corps at Hagerman or Saunders barracks.  Once the quarantine period has ended and through the remainder of the semester via Bates grab-and-go.
  • We will deliver by squadron to provide ample time to produce, box, and deliver. These time windows will allow for meals to stay warm and maintain quality.
  • Mealtimes:
  • BRC (Breakfast Roll Call) 0630-0800DRC (Dinner Roll Call-Lunch) 1145-1315SRC (Supper Roll Call-Evening Meal) 1730-1930BRC0630 – Hagerman 1st Squadron0700 – Hagerman 2nd Squadron0730 – Saunders 3rd Squadron0800 – Godfrey Athletic Center (GAC) DRC Junior College1145 – Hagerman1215 – Saunders1230 – Godfrey Athletic Center (GAC) DRC High School1245 – Hagerman1315 – Saunders SRC1730 – Hagerman 1st Squadron1800 – Hagerman 2nd Squadron1830 – Saunders 3rd Squadron1900 – Godfrey Athletic Center (GAC
  • We will provide a snack back daily during SRC in lieu of 4th meal during the entire quarantine period.
  • We will provide and monitor/replenish water stations with touchless spigots at the barracks effective DRC tomorrow (3 in Hagerman, 2 in Saunders). Assorted soft drinks will be provided with boxed meals as well.
  • Cadets with special diets – based on the type of restrictions, these meals will need to be picked up and delivered by the Commandant’s staff at Bates for efficiency purposes.

Will cadets be given a chance to get outside and exercise?

  • Yes. Daily, each troop will break out into socially distanced groups for outdoor activities organized and supervised by the Athletics department. Masks will be worn during these activities.

Will cadets have access to laundry, mailroom, barber shop, PX during quarantine?

Yes. A rotation by troop has been arranged to ensure adequate access for cadets during the quarantine period. Cadets will have access to mail twice per week.

What restrictions will there be during quarantine and for the rest of the semester for visitors/access to post?

  • No visitors will be allowed on post; parents will be limited to special considerations / emergencies only and must be supervised.  If the cadet is to remain on post, the visit must adhere to the social distancing protocols.
  • Off-campus food delivery will be considered once we are through the quarantine period of two weeks.  If there are significant 5+ isolation cases or quarantine 10+, no off-site food service will be allowed.
  • Parent visits will be limited to special considerations / emergencies only and must be supervised.  If the cadet is to remain on post the visit must adhere to the social distancing protocols during the visit. We are asking the local families and parents to realize the majority of the corps does not have the ability to come and visit them.
  • All NMMI facilities will remain closed to the public for the 5 weeks.
  • Vendors will be screened and have identification and required to have no contact with corps members.

Will Bates dining be open for cadets after the quarantine?

  • Bates will continue to provide grab-and-go food service once quarantine period is over.
  • Cadets may choose to sit in the Bates and eat, but only at intervals provided behind barriers.  No grouping of seats.  Doing so will be considered an endangerment action.

How will cleaning protocols be implemented during quarantine?

  • Cadets may make requests for cleaning and disinfecting items for their rooms via their TLAs.
  • NMMI facilities group will be providing additional services for trash removal.
  • NMMI will continue to perform elevated cleaning and disinfecting operations in the sink rooms, commons, classrooms, and other buildings on a daily and weekly basis.

Why there are cadets in single rooms and what is being done about their mental health and well-being?

  • There are many cadets from the senior leadership of the corps who are in single rooms.  Other cadets are currently in single rooms because their roommates are either 1) in isolation or 2) have gone home for quarantining. Because their roommate’s personal belongings are still in their rooms, we are unable to make room swaps at this time. TLA’s will be checking daily on all cadets, these cadets will be checking in for mandatory PE, and if a parent has any concerns, please contact the TLA/SLA or the infirmary.

It feels like cadets are being “locked up” in their rooms 24/7. Is this the case?

  • No. Cadets in quarantine have different times they can be out of their rooms—3 times a day for meal pick up, once a day for exercise/PT, and 2 times per week to be out at Bates or J. Ross Thomas Reception Room (JRT) or the VMV for the cadet store, laundry service, mail room, PX or barbershop.

Why does my NM cadet have to be tested through NMMI upon return from an at-home quarantine versus using the Department of Health (DOH) test?

  • Unfortunately, utilizing the DOH tests is taking an additional 5-7 days for return of results. During this time, all NM quarantined students would have to be quarantined and unable to attend classes. The use of the NMMI test, allows rapid response, usually in less than 24 hours. Insurance will not pay for “surveillance” testing. Surveillance testing is defined as testing without any symptoms present. For the test to be covered by insurance, it has to be required by a medical doctor.

What is the Early Warning System at NMMI?

  • All students’ academic progress is monitored at NMMI through the early warning system. The Early Warning System is an app that allows Faculty to enter updates into each Cadets records. If a Cadet does not attend class, this includes online classes, the Faculty will enter that into the Early Warning System. If a Cadet does not turn in homework or other assignments, the Faculty will enter this into the Early Warning System. During study periods, Faculty and or Staff members will personally contact the Cadet to see if there are issues that need to be addressed.

How are you addressing spiritual care for cadets during the quarantine?

  • The “Sunday message” from NMMI chapel will be recorded for 18 OCT and 25 OCT – and added to the NMMI Alumni Memorial Chapel FB page – along with links to other recorded services.
  • Chapel be open on a limited basis to cadets throughout the time (19-30 OCT). Additional signage has been posted reminding all who enter of the updated protocols that are in effect for COVID.
  • There will be no congregational meetings during quarantine period.

What if my cadet has a perishable item I need to get to them?

  • If a care package is being sent that has an urgent delivery or perishable item, please have your cadet contact their Troop Leadership Advisor (TLA). Arrangements can be made for them to get the item from the mailroom.

NMMI Updates for COVID-19

November 19, 2020

Weekly Update – 11/19

November 13, 2020

Special Update

November 12, 2020

Weekly Update – 11/12

November 5, 2020

Weekly Update – 11/5

November 2, 2020

Daily Update – 11/2

October 31, 2020

Daily Update – 10/31

October 30, 2020

CARES Act

October 29, 2020

Daily Update – 10/29

October 28, 2020

Daily Update – 10/28

October 27, 2020

Daily Update – 10/27

October 26, 2020

Daily Update – 10/26

October 23, 2020

Daily Update – 10/23

October 22, 2020

Daily Update – 10/22

October 21, 2020

Daily Update – 10/21

October 20, 2020

Daily Update

October 19, 2020

Daily Update

October 17, 2020

NMMI Plan Moving Forward

October 15, 2020

Covid Update – 10/15

October 10, 2020

Covid Update – 10/10

September 4, 2020

REVISED – NMMI Fall 2020 Return to Campus Plan and Protocols

August 19, 2020

Updated CARES Act.

August 13, 2020

Updated CARES Act.

August 12, 2020

NMMI Fall 2020 Return to Campus Plan and Protocols Revision 08122020

July 30, 2020

MG Grizzle Weekly Update.

July 23, 2020

MG Grizzle Weekly Update.

NMMI Statement Regarding NM Government’s Orders.

July 17, 2020

NCAA Return-to-Sports Guidelines

July 16, 2020

Sodexo Re-Opening Plan.

Higher Education’s Re-Opening Plan.

July 15, 2020

***REVISED*** NMMI Re-Opening Plan.

Weekly Update from MG Grizzle.

July 2, 2020

NMMI Re-Opening Plan.

July 1, 2020

Weekly Update from MG Grizzle.

June 30, 2020

CARES Act Update.

June 24, 2020

Weekly Update from MG Grizzle.

June 16, 2020

Weekly Update from MG Grizzle.

June 10, 2020

Weekly Update from MG Grizzle.

June 5, 2020

Weekly Update from MG Grizzle.

June 2, 2020

Fall Term 2020 Press Release.

YouTube Live Link.

May 26, 2020

CARES Act UPDATE.

May 19, 2020

Week 8 Update from MG Grizzle.

May 13, 2020

Week 7 Update from MG Grizzle.

May 9, 2020

CARES Act.

May 7, 2020

Week Six Update from MG Grizzle.

April 29, 2020

Week Five Update from MG Grizzle.

April 22, 2020

Week Four Update from MG Grizzle.

April 16, 2020

Week Three Update from MG Grizzle.

April 8, 2020

Click here to view the latest update.

March 25, 2020

Click here to view NMMI’s letter of guidance to the parents.

Click here to view NMMI’s letter to the Governor of NM.

March 24, 2020

Notice of NMMI Board of Regents meeting – 0830, 25 March, 2020; via teleconference.

Given the NM Governor’s health orders regarding non-essential business, social distancing and maximum group sizes of 5 due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NMMI governing board is convening the 25 March, 2020 meeting  via teleconference only; numbers are provided herein such that the public might attend.  Under the Board’s declaration of Open Meetings and in conformity with the NM Open Meetings Act, the board will convene an emergency meeting to consider the following:

The NMMI governing board, per the following agenda will consider only one matter upon approval of the agenda.  The continuance of NMMI operations for the remainder of the Spring term of 2020.

New Mexico Military Institute

Board of Regents

VIA Telecon Only

(605) 475-4000 and then 416844#

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Open Meeting 0830hrs (MST)

Emergency Action A G E N D A

Call to Order

Roll Call

ITEM 1 Approval of Agenda (Action- 2 min) Board

ITEM 2 Board Consideration to provid President/ Superintendent the authority to suspend the Corps for the remaining period from April 6 through end of 2020 spring term. (Action – 2 min) Board

ITEM 3 Superintendent Update (Information – 15 min)

MG Jerry Grizzle

ITEM 4 Message from the Board/ Committee Reports (Information – 15 min)

ITEM 5 Adjourn.

March 23, 2020

Stay at Home Order

In compliance with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order announced today, NMMI will cease all operations that are conducted from the Campus.  There will be “essential” personnel identified and they will continue to function on an as needed basis.  Please consult with your Supervisor to know if your position will be designated as essential.

Online education will continue.  Technical support will occur from their home unless there is an absolute need to come to the campus to correct any problems.

The Commandant’s Staff will continue to care for the Cadets on campus.  We are making every effort to get them transportation home.  It is our responsibility to house and feed them until we arrange for their return home or find other suitable accommodations.

Facilities will maintain the watch over the buildings to insure we do not have an undetected leak or loss of power.

The golf course will shut down at the end of today’s business.

Our Athletic Department and our International Student Coordinator (Christina Starke) will work with any athlete or international student not currently on campus due to spring break or the three week closure order, to assist them in making arrangements to return to their home of record.

This order takes affect at 8:00am Tuesday, March 24th and is in place until April 10, 2020.

Once again, I ask that you not rely on any information that does not come from my office.  I am in constant contact with the Governor’s office and will immediately relay any new or changing information to you.

MG Jerry Grizzle, (USA Retired), PhD

President/Superintendent

March 22, 2020

In case you missed the live Q&A on 3-21-20, you can replay the YouTube broadcast here to find out more about NMMI’s COVID-19 response plan.

March 20, 2020

As we prepare for the return of some cadets to NMMI’s campus on Sunday, we are hosting a live Q&A about NMMI’s COVID-19 planning and measures that align with the New Mexico Department of Health and State of NM governor’s orders. 

Join us tomorrow, Saturday March 21, 2020 at 3PM MT (5PM ET) for a YouTube Live event with Superintendent Maj General Grizzle, PhD, Commandant LTC Jon Graff, USA (Retired), CFO & HR Director Col Judy Scharmer and Vice Dean Col George Brick. These NMMI Administrators will be on hand to answer any procedural questions related to our COVID-19 response plan. You can email questions in advance to west@nmmi.edu or you can post them live during the event in the YouTube chat.

To join the event, visit our social media at the time of the event or click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVfZqHtbW10.

We welcome parents, cadets, faculty and staff and alumni to join us.

MG Jerry Grizzle, (USA Retired), PhD

President/Superintendent

New Mexico Military Institute

March 18, 2020

Cadets and Families,

We are all experiencing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.  Among the many recommendations and health orders, NMMI has taken careful consideration of our cadets who would return to NMMI post Spring Break.  Our primary advise is that you not travel at this time to return to NMMI.  If you need to return, we have prepared for a limited number starting this Saturday with the first meal to be SRC (Supper Roll Call) on Sunday (22 March).  When you return you will be screened for your general health condition regarding a fever, cough or other illness.  The NMMI infirmary staff will be on Post to aid you.  If you are returning to Post from outside New Mexico, you will be asked to socially isolate yourself in your room for up to 14 days.  If your roommate also returns, we will likely move one of you to another room for the 14-day period.  Meals will be provided in a modified form to mitigate the risk of contracting the COVID-19.  NMMI will be hosting on-line courses for our cadets at least through the 6th of April, but we may be required to provide on-line courses for a longer period.  Again, the best advise we can provide you to consider at this time is to stay in place where you are and attend your NMMI courses on-line.

Instructions from the infirmary staff:

ENTERING MEDICAL FACILITIES

  • ​It is critical that those who DO have symptoms of COVID-19 do NOT enter medical facilities without first contacting them, especially emergency departments.

We will keep the front doors to Marshall Hall closed and screen everyone at the front door, if a cadet is displaying flu like symptoms, the nurse will need time to gown up, glove up and mask up.

  • ​There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 and most cases will resolve on their own. In fact, 80% of cases are mild. Unless you have serious, emergent symptoms, you should not enter emergency departments. Entering medical facilities unnecessarily puts others at risk, increasing the potential to both infect others in the facility who would be more susceptible and reduce the facility’s ability to care for other patients.
  • ​Reasons to seek emergency attention with COVID-19 are no different than reasons for going to an emergency department for other medical conditions: if you are having trouble breathing or significant shortness of breath, please seek medical attention.

TRAVELERS: SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS

  • ​In order to mitigate the widespread community transmission of COVID-19, the New Mexico Department of Health asks all persons traveling into New Mexico from outside the state to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for any symptoms. If the individual has or develops any respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) or fever, they need to call 855-600-3453 and press option 2.
    • ​The infirmary is prepared to treat mild symptoms of COVID-19.  If we suspect COVID-19, the infirmary will be responsible for calling the hotline.

Continue to keep practicing good hygiene over the break.  Wash your hands often, and avoid touching your face.

Stay healthy,

LTC Graff

March 13, 2020

New Mexico Military Institute’s Coronavirus Guidance

Acting from an abundance of caution due to the significant changes and challenges regarding the health risks associated with COVID-19, New Mexico Military Institute will begin our scheduled spring break from Monday March 16, 2020 through Sunday, March 22, 2020.  In addition, classes will be taught through alternative means or on-line instruction for two weeks beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. All classroom instruction is expected to resume on Monday, April 6, 2020.  These measures are in keeping with the Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s decision to close New Mexico public schools for the same time period. Officials at New Mexico Military Institute will continue to monitor the situation.

Cadets should remain in contact with the Commandant’s Office for instructions on returning to the Institute and reporting of travel. Staff and faculty should maintain contact with their supervisors for the latest information regarding their work status. During this period you should refer to the CDC and NM DOHs web sites for the most current guidance regarding protecting yourself from the virus.

NMMI officials continue planning for delivering classroom learning via the Internet. Cadets have been instructed to take all books and their computers with them as they depart for this extended Spring Break. Cadets and parents should check the NMMI website regularly for updates.

New Mexico Military Institute will be temporarily closed to visitors beginning Friday evening until further notice.

March 12th, 2020

NMMI Update for March 28th Open House

Given the current status of the COVID-19 and with an abundance of concern and caution for our visitor’s health and well-being, NMMI…For precautionary purposes, will be cancelling the Open House scheduled on March 28, 2020. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may have caused. NMMI takes the safety and security of all our cadets with the utmost seriousness. We do still plan on having the April 25, 2020 Open House and hope to see everyone there.

For any further questions about re-scheduling or the admissions process please feel free to contact us at 575-622-6250 or toll-free 1-800-421-5376. We can also be reached via email at admissions@nmmi.edu.

March 11th, 2020

Click HERE for an update from NMMI regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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For returning and incoming cadets for Spring (January) 2021, please join us for a LIVE update Q&A on Dec. 9 6:00PM MT. Pres./Supt. MG Grizzle and other administrators will be on hand to answer any questions you have for your return to post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfjxM5npkX0&feature=emb_logo

Listen to our administrators, staff & faculty reflect on what they are thankful for in the year of challenges 2020 has presented. From our families at home to our family at NMMI, we are absolutely grateful for you all this season. https://youtu.be/1SQvE60W3Ss

Thanks to BG Douglas J. Murray, for sharing his thoughts about #NMMI as we wrap up #IEW2020. We're honored to provide an educational experience that creates global leaders in an environment that welcomes students from all over the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM9nVLzfLDc&feature=youtu.be

Don't miss this week's update from Major General Grizzle. Click to read about Spring semester and what steps are for our cadets returning to post.

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What can you gain as an international student at NMMI? Our 2019 Junior College Valedictorian developed many skills during her years at NMMI that will help her reach her goals in life. #gobeyondyourself #NMMI #IEW2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNdW9qixSfc&feature=youtu.be

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