Grafton’s resources during COVID-19 crisis

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Grafton – Grafton is providing up-to-date information on its website, www.grafton-ma.gov, and Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/TownofGraftonMA.

As of March 16 until further notice, all municipal offices are closed to the public. This includes the Grafton Public Library and the Senior Center. Residents are encouraged to pay bills online and use the drop box to avoid any contact with staff inside the Municipal Building. Bills may be paid at https://unipaygold.unibank.com/customerinfo.aspx.

The Building Department has announced that the only inspections that will occur through the department will be new construction, vacant houses and emergencies only, until further notice. Building/gas/electrical/plumbing permits may be dropped off in the front of the Municipal Center in the Pink Recycle Bin. The department will continue processing and issuing permits.

Residents have been instructed not to leave any appeal documents outside or in a drop box. If you are filing an appeal of a decision of the Zoning Board of Appeals or Planning Board, call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-839-5335, ext. 1195 and someone will meet you at the door to certify the date of the filing of the appeal.

Nomination Papers for the town election are due March 31. Call the town clerk’s office at 508-839-5335, ext. 1195, or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment to drop off the nomination papers. Papers may also be mailed to Town Clerk, 30 Providence Road, Grafton, MA 01519. Please include a pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope. Candidates are advised to use some sort of tracking service if they are mailing their papers so they can ensure timely delivery. Candidates may also utilize the drop box in front of the Town Hall. Please put papers in an envelope with your contact information including name, phone number, e-mail address and mailing address. A receipt will be e-mailed.

According to a library notice, no overdue fines will be charged for materials due. Residents have been asked to hold items at home until further notice. A plan to provide virtual services and further updates will be provided on the library website at www.graftonlibrary.org. Residents may visit the library’s virtual branch 24/7 at www.graftonlibrary.org/digital.

All recreation programs and events have been suspended until further notice. Residents registered for a March recreation program will automatically be issued a credit for the classes that are suspended. This household credit will be valid for six months from the date issued. If you would prefer a refund, submit your request to the recreation department via email at [email protected]. Programs that are scheduled to run after March will be addressed as they approach. For updated information, visit www.graftonrec.com.

As of March 20, schools are closed until April 6. School grounds, athletic fields, and courts will be closed to adhere to social distancing guidelines and residents were asked to discourage student playdates and social gatherings.

Grafton Schools’ website provides resources for students with social emotional needs, as well as other related service needs such as counseling, OT, PT, speech & language therapy and behavioral support. They also provide some general resources for accessing accommodations for classroom activities and regarding how to talk with students regarding Coronavirus.

Bagged lunches will continue to be provided to students and adults at the Millbury Street Elementary School every weekday while schools are closed. Lunch is offered from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This is a “grab and go” service and people will not need to exit their vehicle. For questions related to the food assistance program, contact Dan Gale at [email protected]

A limited number of Chromebooks are available to be lent out to students who do not have access to a device during the closure. If you are interested in securing the use of a device, contact Technology Director Neil Trahan at [email protected].

If your child has medicine with the school nurse and you need to get access to that medication, contact your school principal directly via email. The principal will work with you and the school nurse to arrange for pick up.

GHS – Jim Pignataro: [email protected]

GMS – Roseanne Kurposka: [email protected]

MSES – Joanne Stocklin: [email protected]

NSES – Steve Wiltshire: [email protected]

NGES – Julie Flynn: [email protected]

SGES – Doreen Parker: [email protected]

 

Parents may contact Assistant Superintendent Tracey Calo with any questions at [email protected].