St. Bernard Prep issues instructions for return to class

Photo courtesy of Joyce Nix/St. Bernard Prep

CULLMAN, Ala. – St. Bernard Prep School on Wednesday issued instructions for the start of school in August, including the use of masks inside buildings.

Headmaster Fr. Linus Klucsarits issued the following statement: “St. Bernard Prep in Cullman, Alabama is open for business! SBP will be offering in person classes starting August 17th, 2020. St. Bernard Prep is committed to the value of in person education in the Benedictine tradition.”

Instructions to students

Masks: Students will wear masks when inside buildings. This is for the protection of students and staff and in accords with the State’s requirements.  Masks will be provided by the school. Students will be allowed to bring their own masks as long as they are a solid color; blue, black, or white. No writing or pictures on masks permitted. 

Daily temperature checks: All people arriving on our campus will have their temperature checked with hand held, touchless scanners.  The procedure for this check has been emailed to you. Students with temperatures of 100.4 or above will be sent home.

Hand sanitizers: There will be hand sanitizing stations on each floor of each building.

Desk sanitizing: At the beginning of each class students will wipe down their desks and work areas. Students will use sanitizing wipes provided by the school. 

Social distancing: The school will practice social distancing as much as possible. Large gatherings of students will be kept to a minimum. The seating in the lunch room will be spread out and juniors and seniors will eat in a separate dining area. Teachers will be encouraged to use outdoor space weather permitting. 

Daily cleaning of the school: Each night a cleaning team will do a deep cleaning of all buildings in the school. All surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectant. 

Earlier this summer, SBP President Fr. Joel Martin 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.”

Applications still accepted

Fr. Klucsarits also shared that St. Bernard is still accepting applications for all grades 7-12. Contact admissions director Brendan Flannery at 256-255-5890.

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