Grafton High School and Grafton Middle School will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday after an electrical fire triggered the sprinkler system and the Grafton School Complex was evacuated Monday.
All after-school activities scheduled at the complex Tuesday and Wednesday are also canceled. The athletic director and coaches will provide information regarding any scheduled off-site games Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a news release from York County School Division.
“Division staff are working alongside the York County Department of Fire & Life Safety, The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health, and Dominion Energy to restore school operations as quickly and safely as possible,” division spokeswoman Katherine Goff wrote in an email. “We will continue to communicate with our families and will provide updates as information becomes available.”
Goff said they “initiated evacuation procedures due to reports of an electrical issue in the main electrical room,” at around 4 p.m. Monday.
Crews contained the fire to that electrical room though smoke did spread through parts of the building.
“Due to the nature of this incident, power to the building remains off and Dominion Energy is on site assessing the situation. We do yet not have an estimate for power restoration or a timeline for necessary repairs,” Goff said.
School officials said parents with questions about their child’s school to use one of the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org for the high school and email@example.com for the middle school.
School main numbers will also be monitored for phone calls and messages during business hours, officials said.