Hey guys -
We are currently using 240 portable classrooms (Trailers/Modulars) spread across the division.
They are flexible classroom space that helps smooth out the rough edges on school boundaries, or "temporary" space at schools until a new permanent building can be constructed. Some are flex space for school renovations, moving classrooms out while we renovate the space, and then jumping around the building until the construction work is complete.
The biggest facilities headache as of late has been making those trailers accessible. Schools are putting art, PE, music and other electives in there, making the whole school population have to shuffle thru that unit. That increases the odds of us having to get a ramp to make that trailer accessible. We're currently working on some internal guidelines (regulations) that the principals would have to follow:
Utilizing trailers for general educational use as the primary function, not putting electives or specialty classes out there, and getting senior staff involved if they believe that their school is best served by doing so (yay site-based management!) - that way there is a process/guidelines for them to follow for utilizing their trailers. (most of the time trailer counts at a site are based off of student population)
Do you guys have any guidelines that you make your principals follow with regards to classroom trailers?