Volunteer Commitment Overview

Parent monitors | Keyholders | Frequently Asked Questions | Reminders for students | Reminders for all members

Planet Homeschool is a homeschool co-op

All members of Planet Homeschool are expected to volunteer to help run our cooperative.

  • At least 6 hours during the 12-week fall semester
  • At least 8 hours during the 16-week spring semester

COVID-19 Information

Because our co-op will not be holding classes on-site for Fall Semester 2020, our Volunteer Coordinator(s) will be working with members on other ways we can volunteer.

Below is a small sampling of off-site tasks that need doing. If you have other ideas about what needs to get done, please don't hesitate to contact the Lead Volunteers to let them know that you're interested in volunteering to do it!

  • Marketing & Social Media
    • Composing and Scheduling Planet Homeschool Facebook Page posts about upcoming classes
      • Creating Images to Promote Upcoming Classes (via photography, vector graphics, etc)
      • Finding Public Domain Images to Use With Credit
      • Soliciting Instructors for Images to Use
    • Spreading the Word to Other Local Homeschool Groups (as allowed by their own posting policies)
      • Sharing Planet Homeschool Facebook Page Posts With Appropriate Facebook Groups (and your own friends)
      • Composing Emails About Upcoming Classes for Appropriate Yahoo Groups
      • Same for Other Non-Facebook and Non-Yahoo Groups.
  • Website
    • Directory Clean-Up
      • Review our online Directory and contact members whose entries need cleaning up (generally incomplete, missing, malformed, misplaced, or nonsensical information).
      • Follow-up with members to ensure updates are made.
    • Calendar
    • How-To Write-Ups
      • Classroom Dashboard
      • Photo Galleries
      • etc.
    • General Website Maintenance (cleaning up broken links, identifying and updating outdated information, correctly grammatical and typographical errors, etc.)
  • Online Presentations
    • PSEO
    • Minnesota Taxes
    • High School Transcripts
    • Drivers Ed
    • Transitioning to Homeschool
    • Transitioning to College
    • Homeschool Diplomas
    • Graduation Planning
    • etc.
  • Virtual Social Opportunities
    • Online Gaming Gatherings for Teens
    • Online Watch Parties for Teens
    • Online Coffee Chats for Parents
    • Online Book Club
    • etc.
  • Welcoming Committee
    • Check-in with new and returning members to make sure they have the information and resources they need
    • Follow-up with new and returning members to make sure they found the information and resources they need
    • Connecting teens with teens
    • Connecting parents with parents
  • Fundraising
    • Bake Sales
    • Carnation Sales
    • etc.
  • Outreach
    • Northeast Senior Services Fall Fundraising (Dinner) Coordinator
  • Join the Lead Volunteers — our co-op is regularly seeking to bring in new leadership as other members prepare to transition out.
  • Become a support volunteer — these are co-op members who are not Lead Volunteers but who fulfill important specific roles at our co-op. These tasks typically benefit from a team effort:


Volunteering at the Co-op

Parent Monitors

The easiest and most popular way to fulfill that requirement is by staffing Parent Monitors shifts during the co-op day.

If your schedule does not permit serving as a Parent Monitor, there are many other ways to fulfill your volunteer commitment. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator(s) for suggestions or to offer your own ideas.

Detailed Guidelines

First Parent Monitor
8:45 AM–10:45 AM
Second Parent Monitor
10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Third Parent Monitor
11:45 AM–1:45 PM
Fourth Parent Monitor
1:30 PM–3:30 PM
Keyholder for Opening
8:45 AM
  Keyholder for Closing
3:15 PM–3:30 PM


About our Keyholders

The Keyholders' sole responsibility is to lock and unlock doors. These volunteers have to show up early and stay late every single week. Everyone should go out of their way to make sure they never need to invest even more of their time in our co-op!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many Monitor shifts do I need to volunteer to fill?
  2. What should if I need to cancel or reschedule a shift I signed up to fill?
  3. What should I do if I'm going to be late?
  4. What should I do if an emergency prevents me from filling my shift at all?
  5. Can I volunteer for all shifts on a single Friday to fulfill my entire volunteer commitment in one day?
  6. I preferred the old 4-hour shift schedule!
  7. If I volunteer for consecutive shifts, do I need to “make up” the overlap?
  8. What am I supposed to do during my shift?
  9. What do I do if something goes awry during my shift?
  10. Can I sign up with a friend?
  11. Why am I paired with another volunteer?
  12. Why isn't there a second volunteer signed up for my shift?
  13. What should I do if no adults in my family can volunteer to serve as Monitors?
  14. What other volunteer opportunities are there?
  15. How many shifts are there overall?


Reminders for Students

  • Parent Monitors are present in a supervisory role. Planet Homeschool is your co-op, so plan to cooperate with set up, take down and clean up.
  • 1st Period students should plan to arrive 5 to 10 early to set up classrooms and the common areas.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Period students, at the end of each class, please clean up spills, pick up trash, and otherwise ensure the classroom is in good condition for the next class.
  • 2nd Period students should set up the lunchroom.
  • 3rd Period students should clean up the lunchroom.
  • 4th Period students should not leave until Planet Homeschool is clean and returned to the church's preferred layout. Once your own classroom is complete, please check in with the parent monitors to see what still needs to be done in the common areas and other classrooms. If all students participate, take down, and clean up can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes.
    • If your class ends before 3:05 pm, please be mindful of classes still in progress and keep hallway noise to a minimum.

Reminders for all members:

  1. The names of each week's parent monitor volunteer team are posted on the schedule on the bulletin board, and a printed checklist of volunteer duties is available in the Parent Monitor File Box which is kept on the table in the hallway during Planet Homeschool.
  2. Parent monitor duties are supervisory duties. Planet Homeschool is a co-op, which means that all members should plan to cooperate with set up, take down, and clean up.
    • Families with students in first period classes should plan for their students to arrive 15 minutes early in order to help set up our classrooms and the common areas.
    • Families with students in fourth-period classes should allow up to 30 minutes after class ends for take-down and clean up.
    • Students in second and third-period classes are responsible for setting up, taking down, and cleaning up the lunchroom.
  3. The fourth-period monitors can't leave until every child has left, so please plan to arrive by 3:15 PM for pick up. If you are delayed for any reason, please get in touch with either the fourth-period monitor or your child, remind them to share the situation with the rest of the adults there, and then make arrangements for your child to be picked up as soon as possible so that the fourth-period monitors may leave in as timely a manner as possible.
  4. If you arrange a substitution after signing up for a shift, please let the Volunteer Coordinator(s) know and be please be sure to remind the other members of this change of volunteers and provide your replacement's contact information. Contact information can be found in the Directory.