Saint Bernard Prep to begin classes Aug. 17

Courtesy of Joyce Nix

CULLMAN, Ala. – Saint Bernard Preparatory School has announced students will begin classes Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

Each year faculty and staff work all summer preparing for the coming year with excitement.  Part of that excitement comes from welcoming some new students and new faces on campus.  William Calvert is making a comeback as middle school headmaster in addition to his duties as athletic director for Saint Bernard Prep.

Calvert reports athletics practice is ongoing, with regular fall sports practice for volleyball and cross-country beginning July 27 and games beginning Aug. 27.  Workouts (voluntary) for students begin next week following Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) directives for social distancing and sanitation.  The weight room and workout areas have already been professionally sanitized.

In a letter to parents and students, Fr. Joel Martin, president of the school, said all classes will be held on campus and according to the guidelines given us by the State of Alabama and health officials.

“Certainly, for the protection of our students, staff and community we must rely on their word, not our wishes.  And as you know, the directives can change quickly.  We will keep you updated as time goes on,” Fr. Joel said. “Times are a bit challenging, but St. Bernard has been in Cullman since 1891, living through two world wars, an influenza pandemic in the early 20th century and many national and local upsets, but we’re here, and will be, carrying out our mission of offering the best and fullest education possible: something that is found in Catholic schools – and nowhere else on earth.”

St. Bernard offers both a residential and day school for students in grades 7-12.  Applications are still being considered for students in grades 7-11.  For information about the school, call 256-739-6682 or visit  Follow Saint Bernard Prep at