GRAFTON, Mass. — The shared campus of Grafton High School and Grafton Middle School requires several transportation changes: Students at both schools will ride the same buses and parent drop-offs will be restricted.
A map detailing who will need to go where — and when — during student drop-off and pickup was released by the principals of both schools.
One significant change, Grafton High School Principal Jim Pignataro stressed in an email to parents, is in the road that leads to both the middle school and the high school. It is now one way all the way to the back of the middle school, requiring those exiting from behind the middle school to make a right turn and follow the road in front of the high school to exit onto Providence Road.
Both schools will open for students beginning at 7 a.m. Students in grades 7-12 who have paid the $200 fee will ride the school buses together and will be dropped in front of the high school. Middle school students will enter their school from the gym/auditorium doors.
All parents will use the middle driveway between the high school student and faculty parking lots to drop off students in grades 7-12. No private vehicles will be allowed to drop off students in front of either building before the start of the school day. At the end of the day, parents may line up, single file, in the middle driveway to pick up their children.
A high school student who has paid the $200 parking fee will receive a permit sticker and must park in the lot closest to Providence Road. Any student without a sticker will be asked to remove his or her vehicle and will be subject to disciplinary action.
Students are expected to report immediately to their buildings and not loiter in the parking lots.
Providence Road is undergoing changes, with work on the turning lane expected to be completed this week in time for the first day of school Aug. 27.