Volunteer Commitment Overview

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 the cooperative

  • At least 6 hours during fall semester
  • At least 8 hours during spring semester

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, please contact the PHS Leadership Team about other ways fulfill your volunteer commitment.

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 single Friday to fulfill my entire volunteer commitment in a 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 supervisory role. Planet Homeschool is your coop, 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 3:05pm, 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 volunteer team is posted on the schedule on the bulletin board, and a printed checklist of volunteer duties are available in the Parent Monitor File Box which is kept on the table in the hallway during Planet Homeschool.
  2. These are supervisory duties. Planet Homeschool is a coop, 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 5 to 10 minutes early in order to set up their classrooms and the common areas. Families with students in fourth period classes should allow up to 15 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 lunch room.
  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 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.