When Class of 2020 Cadet Hannah Schwartz left the U.S. Military Academy for spring break it was supposed to be a weeklong break to Poland before she returned to the academy for her last two and a half months before graduation. Then, in the middle of the night her parents called to let her know President Donald Trump had announced the United States was banning travel between America and Europe due to COVID-19.
Her parents booked her a flight back to the academy for the next day, but as soon as she landed her plans changed again. LTG Darryl A. Williams, West Point superintendent, had announced that the academy would be delaying the return of the cadets until March 29, a delay that would eventually become indefinite as the virus spread throughout America. “I was just at the airport (wondering) should I get a flight home? What should I do next?”
Schwartz said. She booked a flight home and traveled to Iowa without her laptop, notebooks or her car and began to prepare for the new normal. That new normal started March 19 as West Point began remote learning. It was announced that classes will continue to be taught online through term-end exams.” Read more.