February 19, 2020

Grafton students to return Tuesday

York County School Division has announced that Grafton High and Grafton Middle schools will return to school on Tuesday following a devastating fire that happened Monday at the Grafton Complex.

The fire was reported about 3:45 p.m. Monday. Students had been dismissed for the day, and remaining occupants evacuated safely. The main electrical distribution panel was the root of the fire.

There are two public forums planned for Saturday to explain the changes.

Superintendent Dr. Victor Shandor updated the community in a letter posted on the school division’s website.

York High School and Tabb Middle School will also be affected, with students alternating days with students from Grafton High and Grafton Middle.

“While we recognize that this plan may not be ideal for all families, this option best aligns with the division’s criteria for meeting the needs of all students with the resources available,” Shandor stated in the letter.

The public forums will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at York High School and 4 p.m. at Tabb High School, both in the auditoriums.

The plan, which lasts through May 22, includes Grafton students attending school on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as 10 Saturdays in that time frame. York High and Tabb Middle school students will attend on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The plan protects Presidents’ Day weekend, spring break as well as the weekends surrounding it, and Memorial Day weekend, the letter states.

There are also adjusted school hours and bell schedules for each school.

Information about transportation, special education programs, instructional programs like Governor’s School, and more will be provided as soon as possible, the letter stated.

Furthermore, the division is working on plans for incorporating blended learning and instructional support for the days students are not in school. Blended learning may allow the division to reduce the number of Saturdays scheduled.

Those who are unable to attend the Saturday sessions can provide questions through askYCSD@ycsd.york.va.us, the superintendent’s letter stated.

“I want to personally thank you again for your patience and support as we navigate this situation,” Shandor wrote. “This crisis will provide a great opportunity to come together as a community and to show our students how to handle adversity.”