Joseph Baldwin Academy

Student Services

To Contact Your Student

By letter or package:
You student’s name
Joseph Baldwin Academy
Ryle Hall, room number
1215 S Mulanix
Kirksville MO  63501

JBA Residence Hall Office at Ryle Hall

JBA Administrative Office –  (660) 785-5384

By Fax:
JBA Administrative Office – (660) 785-7202

By Email:
Your student’s assigned email will be in the form of (this combination of letters and numbers will be randomly assigned).  Students receive this email address with their Acceptance Materials.


Students will each have their own mail boxes in Ryle Hall.  Mail is distributed by 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday (we do not have campus mail service during the summer Friday – Sunday).  If you receive a package, you will be notified.

Provisions will be made for outgoing mail.  Stamps and envelopes can be purchased at the JBA Hall Store. In order for students to receive mail, it will need to be addressed as follows:

You student’s name
Joseph Baldwin Academy
Ryle Hall, *room number
1215 S Mulanix
Kirksville MO  63501

*Room numbers will be given on the day of arrival

Please don’t attempt to send letters or packages after the second weekend since they may not arrive before your student checks out.


Each student is given an email address with their Acceptance Materials.  Your student’s assigned email will be in the form of (this combination of letters and numbers will be randomly assigned). Students are allowed to check their email during “free time” by using the computers at the campus library.


Students’ personal cellular phones may be used at designated times (please see policy below).  Parents should pre-arrange particular days and times for phone calls. The best times to reach students are 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. weekdays. So that students can receive adequate sleep, please refrain from calling students’ rooms after lights out (11:00 p.m. week nights, midnight Saturday night, and 10:00 p.m. Sunday night) or before 7:00 a.m. If you absolutely need to reach your son or daughter during this time, please call the JBA Residence Hall Office. We can easily arrange a time for your child to call you.

Cell Phones

Please note that not all areas on campus have strong cellular service and students may not always have a signal.

Parents who use software such as: “Find My IPhone” or “Life360” may have periods of time where students seem to not move and/or it will not refresh their location.  Additionally, some students may leave their phone in their room or not have it on them due to different activities and will not respond right away.  We hope these notes will help prevent concerns when a student does not respond and/or seem to be in the expected location at the expected time.

Students and Carrying Cell Phones: It is essential for students to be focused in class, engaged in activities and sleeping at night.  Therefore, while we allow students to carry their phones, they are encouraged to keep them in their rooms.  The intent of this policy is that students should only be using cell phones to communicate with their families and occasionally take pictures.

The appropriate times to text or make calls will be explained to parent/guardians during the parent/guardian orientation, and to students during the Academy rules meeting.

Cell phones used outside of specified hours or outside the residence hall (such as in class or during activities), for playing games, or for inappropriate reasons such as prank calling, may be confiscated up to and including the duration of the session. The limitations on cell phones do extend to all smart devices such as tablets, watches, etc.  So while these devices commonly share music and camera functions, we discourage and restrict their use to ensure the educational component and community building.

The best times to reach students are:

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. weekdays
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 – 11:45 p.m. on Saturdays
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. on Sundays

Please refrain from calling students’ after lights out (11:00 p.m. week nights, midnight Saturday night, and 10:00 p.m. Sunday night) or before 7:00 a.m. To assist parent/guardians who absolutely need to reach their son or daughter outside these times, please call the JBA Residence Hall Office at the phone number you receive on check-in day. We can work with you to arrange a time for your child to call you.

Lastly with regards to cell phones, tablets, watches and all other electronics and/or smart devices, the Joseph Baldwin Academy and/or Truman State University assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any of these items, for the misuse of cell phones, including exceeding plan limits or use by unauthorized persons. Students caught with cell
phones being used in ways inconsistent with this policy will have phones confiscated.

Parent/guardians should understand that exceptions to this policy will not be made, even if confiscation of a cell phone for misuse or abuse interrupts communication with parent/guardians. Parent/guardians who are concerned about their student’s ability to abide by these rules are advised to talk with their students about the limitations, not allow their student
to attend with their phone and/or set controls on the phone through their personal phone plans.

Health Services and Insurance

The Academy has dedicated a full-time position to look after the welfare of its students.  This individual, the Health & Wellness Director, will contact parents about health issues their child may be experiencing.

The Academy has made arrangements with a local physician to care for its students. Whenever possible, the Health & Wellness Director will contact parents before the Academy takes their child to the physician; however, sometimes this notification may occur afterwards.

Emergency medical service is available at Northeast Regional Medical Center. All students must submit medical history forms and a copy of their health insurance card, which the Joseph Baldwin Academy Health & Wellness Director will keep on file.  Students will be responsible for any co-payment at either the doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy at the time of the service. Those students with long-standing medical conditions should request their physicians to forward relevant information to the Joseph Baldwin Academy.

We ask that you provide us with a copy of your insurance card for filing purposes for the local physician and/or hospital.  This will be kept on file with the Health & Wellness Director.


All student medications must be turned in to the Health & Wellness Director upon check in.  These include prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol, allergy medicine, and cold medicine.

*NO medications are allowed to be kept in student rooms (with the exceptions of inhalers, topical medications, certain maintenance medications epi-pens, and similar rescue medications, which shall be approved on a case by case basis).

Students must self-administer the medication, as directed by the parent/guardian or physician, and the Health & Wellness Director will log all medications taken. We do make available, upon request by the student, common over the counter medications in the Med Room.

Parent/guardians are strongly advised to note any allergies or potential drug interactions with prescribed medications on their child’s medical form.  In addition, parent/guardians are urged to have a conversation with their children, before they
come to JBA, about any over the counter medications they feel comfortable/uncomfortable with their child selecting.

*Exception: Parent/guardians may authorize their children to retain maintenance medications, provided the medications have no potential for abuse, and missed or discontinued dosages present no risk. Written authorization from the student’s physician and parent/guardians is required.