Remember March 2020? The time when students were told to pack up and go home—vacate their dorms and say goodbye to their teachers, and friends—and to prepare for remote learning for the time being?
Remember when we were told it’s time to go back to school? Yes, schools in the US are starting to reopen, with some facilities providing, at a minimum, access to both traditional and remote learning. With the influx of students returning to school, there’s also a higher demand for space to ensure safe social distancing.
Many facilities are resorting to temporary solutions like portable classrooms as we recover from the pandemic.
Is It Safe for Students to Go Back to School?
Recent data shows that schools are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 transmission, with children accounting for just a small proportion of confirmed cases. They have milder symptoms compared to adults and have fewer hospitalized cases or reported deaths.
While that’s the case, health protocols in schools should be in place including social distancing, the wearing of face masks, and frequent handwashing. For the safety of students who will be attending in-person classes, schools should be taking all possible steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
Limit the number of students per class to maintain social distancing
The physical configuration of a classroom is more than an organizational or style choice. It also influences student learning, participation, and relationships. But, during face-to-face classes at the time of a pandemic, it’s also a matter of maintaining a safe social distance between seats—at least 3 to 6 feet apart.
To ensure that the required physical distance is observed, schools should consider limiting the number of students in every classroom by:
- Alternating students between remote learning and traditional learning; or
- Increasing their capacity by moving the classes to larger spaces (e.g., gymnasiums, school grounds, etc.)
Set-up temporary classrooms
In cases where it’s necessary to temporarily expand a school’s capacity, you should consider solutions like portable classrooms. The advantages of portable classrooms include portability, flexibility and cost-efficiency.
Portable classrooms are easily detachable—you can easily move and relocate them within the school premises. They are fast to construct and flexible in a way that they can later be expanded as necessary.
Ensure proper and adequate ventilation
Given that portable classrooms are separate from permanent classroom structures, they have a bit of an advantage. They tend to have more operative windows and do not share HVAC systems with other rooms.
Portable Classrooms by Elite Modular
Schools are starting to reopen and students are rediscovering the fun in face-to-face learning. As the demand for space arises, Elite Modular offers practical solutions when and just the way you need it.
Our various leasing options on our portable classrooms can accommodate different sizes of budget, but what’s guaranteed is that it will save you more money than the cost of building permanent classrooms. We take pride in using high-quality materials and our modular solutions can withstand wear and tear damage for a very long time. We adhere to the Department of the State Architect for California construction standards to ensure that our structure is as good, safe, and reliable as any permanent building.
Get in touch with us today to discuss the various leasing options available to fit your 2022-2023 classroom space requirements.