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COVID-19 Policies

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 member 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!

We may revisit the policies listed here if official public health recommendations shift.

In-Person and Online Classes

Because we realize that the 5 minutes between first and second period and between third and fourth period isn’t enough time for students to travel between home and PHS, classroom space will be available for students taking a mix of in-person and online morning classes or a mix of in-person and online afternoon classes so that they may sign into their online PHS classes while at PHS.

The 40-minute break between between second and third period should provide enough time for students to transition between home and PHS.

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

Everyone ages 5 and older (including caregivers) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be onsite, 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 for Fall 2021 Classes
• Friday, December 25, 20221 for Spring 2022 Classes

Exceptions will be made to accommodate individuals with health conditions that preclude vaccination.

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 5 and up.

The decision to require vaccination draws on the preferences of our members and instructor 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.

Affidavits

PHS volunteers will not be collecting people’s medical records. We instead request a signed affidavit of vaccination status or medically necessary exemption:

affidavit

PHS does not require any other vaccinations.

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.

Mask Policy for In-Person Classes & Events

Masks must be worn indoors, including during physical activities (such as Fencing), and are recommended while outside. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps. Please ensure that your mask fits well and will not slip down below your nose on its own.

You may not pull down your mask in order to speak, so make sure you can speak comfortably while wearing your mask.

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.

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. We are encouraging instructors to let the Leadership Team know about such policies so that we can include the information in class descriptions.

Questions?

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