Grafton’s top priority is the health, safety and security of clients, families, and staff. That is never truer than in times of crisis, such as a natural disaster or, today, during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We know all of you are as concerned, too, and that you want to have a clear view as to how our organization is addressing the virus. This page is intended to serve as the central location for the latest information. It will be updated in real time, as details become available.

Find answers to frequently asked questions here.

We have compiled some useful Coronavirus-related resources for parents here.

We are very pleased to announce that in-person learning will resume in Grafton’s Winchester and Richmond locations on March 1! As students return to in-person learning, parents and guardians will be required to submit a daily screening form of their day students.

If you are planning a visits, a list of hotels that have been evaluated by Grafton can be found here. Each has heightened Covid safety guidelines, including enhanced COVID cleaning and precautions. They also require masks in all public areas.

As of  March 24, 2021:

  • Read the latest update from Grafton’s CEO, Jamie Stewart
  • Vaccinations have been offered to our staff, and a large group has opted to receive it
  • Both on-site and off-site visitation has resumed, and we are extending this to parents, guardians and grandparents of the children and adults we serve
  • Community outings have resumed, although each outing is reviewed by our Covid-19 monitoring team to ensure safety
  • Family engagement and other onsite activities for groups will resume when allowed by CDC guidance and the Governor
  • A list of safe activities for off-site therapeutic passes can be found here
  • Return to In-Person Learning
  • School Campus COVID-19 Mitigation Plan
  • Grafton COO, Scott Zeiter, talks about Grafton’s COVID-19 preparedness on WINC 92.5 FM

Additional details include:

  • All Grafton direct-care personnel received voluntary access to the vaccine as of December 2020
  • A team of medical leadership, which meets daily, is overseeing Grafton’s COVID-19 efforts.
  • Grafton has adopted the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines for nursing homes for our programs.
  • We are working directly with the Virginia Department of Health (DOH) Lord Fairfax Health District as well as Richmond officials. The DOH epidemiologist provided us with guidance and is keeping us up to date with the most recent information regarding COVID-19.
  • Our medical staff have scenario-planned potential exposure events in collaboration with external authorities.
  • We have redoubled efforts to sanitize surfaces throughout each facility and program, and have communicated widely and repeatedly about the importance of proper coughing/sneezing etiquette as well as hand washing hygiene protocol per CDC standards.
  • We are screening all referrals to Grafton facilities, both prior to and at the time of admission. Those with symptoms of respiratory illness and fever will not be admitted without clearance from external medical resources.
  • We have advised external stakeholders (like social workers, school officials, and other outside providers) to refrain from visiting our site or participating in our meetings. We have encouraged their participation through teleconference.
  • Food reserves, pharmaceuticals and other protective equipment have been stocked at all sites.


You can find additional Coronavirus information from the CDC here.