Students had 'great first day' back to school after electrical fire, York Co. school officials say

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Posted at 9:44 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 21:44:27-05

YORK CO., Va. — Tuesday was the first day for Grafton High and Grafton Middle School students in their new locations after a fire destroyed the Grafton Complex's main electrical panel last week, and officials with the York County School Division say it was a good one.

The students are sharing buildings with York High School and Tabb Middle School due to the Grafton Complex being closed due to the fire. Restoring temporary power to the complex is expected to take months.

With a new plan in place, Grafton High will alternate school days with York High at the YHS campus, while Grafton Middle will alternate school days with Tabb Middle at the TMS campus. The alternating schedule has been adopted to remain in place through Friday, May 22.

School officials say while there were a few late buses Tuesday, they say that may have been due to the weather.

Thanks to the York County community, school supply donations were delivered to the new school sites, and school staff are handing out the supplies to students. School officials say students can speak with their teacher or school office staff to request specific supplies.

Air quality tests were done at the Grafton Complex, and officials say there were no traces of lead in the soot throughout the complex. A restoration company is working on a plan to clean the school.

School officials say they still do not have a timeline for when everyone can retrieve the items left inside when the fire alarm went off last Monday, adding that they have to follow protocols for allowing people inside.