Grafton Complex Fire

On Monday, February 3, 2020, at approximately 3:45 p.m., the York County Department of Fire & Life Safety responded to an electrical fire at the Grafton School Complex. The cause of this fire is still under investigation. Fortunately, the fire occurred at a time when most students and staff had already left the building for the day and those remaining in the building were able to evacuate safely.

The sprinkler system activated in the electrical room, containing the fire and water damage to that area of the building. Smoke damage has affected the entire building, with the greatest smoke damage on the middle school side. However, the fire destroyed the electrical distribution panel that provides power to the entire complex. As this is a custom-designed unit, reconstruction of the electrical panel will take months. During that process, the Grafton School Complex is unusable.

York County School Division staff analyzed nine options for returning Grafton High School and Grafton Middle School students to class, ruling out options that did not meet criteria such as student safety, instructional time requirements, or adequate space. Additionally, dividing more than 2,000 students among the other YCSD schools during the regular school day was not feasible due to space limitations in those schools, student and staff schedules, and transportation limitations.

Adjusted School Schedule - February 11-May 22, 2020

Instead, Grafton High School will alternate school days with York High School at the York campus, while Grafton Middle School will alternate school days with Tabb Middle School at the Tabb campus. We currently expect this schedule to last through May 22, with Grafton students returning to the Complex on Tuesday, May 26.

School Start Times Dismissal Adjusted Schedule
Grafton Middle 7:45 a.m. 2:49 p.m. Tue./Thu./Sat.
Tabb Middle 7:45 a.m. 2:49 p.m. Mon./Wed./Fri.
Grafton High 7:00 a.m. 2:15 p.m. Tue./Thu./Sat.
York High 7:00 a.m. 2:15 p.m. Mon./Wed./Fri.

We appreciate the continued support of our community and assure you that the division is committed to maintaining open communication and working collaboratively with our community throughout this emergency.


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