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COVID-19 Policies for Fall Semester 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges to Planet Homeschool’s financial viability and future. The decisions below honor the preferences of the majority of our members in an effort to ensure PHS can survive into next year and beyond. Thank you for your participation in our June and August surveys, and for the compassion, generosity, kindness, and mutual respect you have shown to our co-op’s lead volunteers, instructors, and fellow members throughout this challenging time!

If official public health recommendations shift dramatically, we may revisit the policies listed here.

Fall 2021 Classes

Most Fall 2021 PHS classes will now be online, with the exception of a few classes that will remain in person because of the challenges of converting them to an online format.

In-Person Fall 2021 Classes

  1. Fencing with Minnesota Sword Play with Coach Maria Benford (1st Period)
  2. FPV Drone Sports and Engineering with Joel Stewart and Marty Wetherall (2nd Period)
  3. # REVAMP # REPURPOSE # RENEW! with Sarah Beggs and Janet Lewis of Fiber Works MPLS (2nd Period)
  4. Musical Theater Minnesota with Mariana Petersen (3rd Period)

Any class listed as being online is confirmed to be online.

Because we realize that there isn’t time between 1st and 2nd period and between 3rd and 4th period for students to travel between home and PHS, classroom space will be available for students taking a mix of in-person and online classes so that they may sign into their online PHS classes while at PHS. The assigned room is noted in the class description.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for In-Person Classes & Events

Everyone ages 12 and older (including caregivers) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be onsite for our Fall 2021 semester, with limited exceptions. A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completing the full course of a vaccine series, which means you should plan to have completed your series no later than Friday, August 27th, 2021.

Exceptions will be made to accommodate individuals with health conditions that preclude vaccination. Students younger than 12 are exempt until a vaccine becomes available for them. While we understand the difficulties involved in securing childcare, keeping children who are not taking classes at PHS offsite if at all possible will help our community minimize potential sources of exposure.

Any authorized COVID-19 vaccine is acceptable. Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended for adults in the United States to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for ages 12 and up.

The decision to require vaccination draws on the preferences of our members and instructors as well as guidance from public health officials, in an effort to secure our families’ health and safety while also enabling our community to meet in person once again.

PHS does not require any other vaccinations.


We will not collect people’s medical records. We will instead request a signed affidavit of vaccination status or medically necessary exemption.


Mask Policy for In-Person Classes & Events

Masks must be worn indoors, including during physical activities (such as Fencing). Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps. Face shields may not be used as a substitute for masks, per CDC recommendations, but face shields or goggles may be worn in addition to a mask. This policy may change as new information becomes available.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) after touching your mask. Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms.

Lunchroom Policy for In-Person Classes

Weather permitting, we will encourage everyone to enjoy lunch outside. When eating in the Fellowship Hall, everyone must maintain 6 feet of distance from each other.

Classroom Policies for In-Person Classes

Instructors may set stricter policies for their own classrooms (including requiring masking if official health guidelines result in PHS removing the whole-building mask requirement). We are encouraging instructors to let the Leadership Team know about such policies so that we can include the information in class descriptions.


If you have any questions or concerns about these policies, you can reach our co-op’s lead volunteers at [email protected].