Score and rehearsal for Babes in Toyland during the Spring 2019 semester open paint cans for Stagecraft during the Spring 2019 semester a whisk in a bowl of frothed liquid from How to Boil Water during Spring 2019 semester two PHS students practice Ballroom Dance during Spring 2019 Semester money and worksheets from Japanese during Spring 2021 semester fencing gear including foil, glove, and helmet sit on the floor next a PHS student during a spring 2019 fencing class
 

FAQs



Q:

How do I join Planet Homeschool?

A:

Please visit our How to Join Planet Homeschool page!

Q:

Can we stop by for a visit?

A:

Please see our Visiting Planet Homeschool page!

Q:

What are the responsibilities of members of Planet Homeschool?

A:

Please see our Community Expectations page!

Q:

What are student responsibilities at Planet Homeschool?

A:

Please see our Community Expectations page!

Q:

I have a question about a particular class.

A:

Contact our co-op’s Lead Volunteers at [email protected], and we’ll put you in touch with the class’s instructor(s).

Q:

What is the daily schedule at PHS?

A:

Please visit our Daily Schedule page.

Q:

Do I have to sign my student up for a full day of classes at PHS?

A:

No. We’d love to have your student join us for as many or as few classes as they’re ready to take.

Students may register for one, two, three, or four classes each semester.

Younger students may do best with taking things slowly and trying out just one or two classes to start.

Q:

May my student(s) have a free period between classes?

A:

It depends.

You should carefully consider your child’s maturity and readiness for extended periods without close adult supervision. While there are always adult co-op members onsite, PHS students who have free periods will not be directly and continuously supervised.

In some cases, our co-op’s Lead Volunteers may require that a parent or other responsible adult stay onsite with a student during free periods (or pick the student up to spend free periods offsite) in order to help the co-op function more smoothly and safely for all.

Q:

May I drop my child(ren) off at Planet Homeschool? 

A:

It depends.

Parents and guardians are always welcome to stay. Navigating homeschooling through the teen years can be challenging, and you can learn a lot from other members by staying at PHS while your student is in classes.

Parents and guardians of 10-year-old and 11-year-old students are expected to stay onsite during their student’s first semester at PHS. Parents and guardians of students ages 12 and up are encouraged to stay onsite for their student’s first day at least. This time at PHS will give you an opportunity to develop an understanding of what our co-op looks like and allow your family to make the connections that will help you become a part of our community.

In most other cases, parents and guardians may drop off their children, but you know your child best. If your child needs extra adult help to succeed in a group learning environment, please plan to stay with them to provide it.

Our lease does not allow children, even very responsible and independent older teenagers, to be at Faith UMC without an adult co-op member present. Please do not drop off children before 9:00 AM, and please be onsite to pick up your children no later than 3:15 PM so that our co-op’s Keyholder may lock up and leave as soon as cleanup is done for the day.

In some cases, our co-op’s Lead Volunteers or instructors may require that a parent or other responsible adult stay onsite with a student in order to help the co-op function more smoothly and safely for all.

Q:

What time should students be picked up from PHS?

A:

For Fall 2021, rides home should be at PHS no later than noon to pick up students.

  • Our co-op’s second-period classes end at 11:50 AM.

  • Cleanup should be finished by 12:05 PM.

  • Drivers should be prepared to wait until 12:15 PM or even later for cleanup to be completed (vaccinated and masked drivers can always come in and help out).

Pre-COVID-19 information (saved here to be added back above when this pandemic ends)

  • Pre-COVID-19, rides home should be at PHS no later than 3:15 PM to pick up students.

    • Pre-COVID-19, our co-op’s fourth-period classes end at 3:05 PM.
    • Pre-COVID-19, cleanup should be finished by 3:20 PM.
    • Pre-COVID-19, drivers should be prepared to wait until 3:30 PM or even later for cleanup to be completed (they can always come in and help out).

Q:

What should I do if I can't pick up my student(s) on time?

A:

No students may be at Faith UMC (inside or outside) without an adult co-op member present, even if they are mature, responsible, independent, an older teen (or even a newly minted adult), or have the permission of their parents or guardians.

  • For Fall 2021, the 2nd Period Onsite Volunteer has to stay until every student is picked up.

  • There is nowhere within walking distance where students can safely wait inside, so the only options are:

    • staying at PHS with the 2nd Period Onsite Volunteer

    • being driven home by another parent or guardian

    • being driver to another safe place by another parent or guardian

Ask your fellow co-op members for help if you know in advance that you can’t be there to pick up your child on time and are not otherwise able to arrange an alternative way home:

  • You may ask for help via direct messages to other co-op members

  • You may ask for help via our co-op’s Co-op Business forum

  • You may ask for help via your student’s Class Forum to appeal to the parents and guardians of their classmates

All students should have a backup plan in case their ride home is unexpectedly delayed:

  • Can another parent or guardian drive your student home? If so, does your student know that you will allow them to be driven home by another parent or guardian?

  • Can another parent or guardian drive your student some place safe to wait? If so, does your student know where and that you will allow them to be driven there by another parent or guardian?

    • To the home of a friend or family member. Make sure your student knows who, where they live, and their phone number.

    • Saint Anthony Library is near the junction of St Anthony Blvd, New Brighton Blvd, and Silver Lake Rd. While it’s a 20-minute walk there, it’s only a 4-minute drive.

    • Silverwood Visitor Center’s Café is just off of Silver Lake Rd on County Rd E West. While it’s a 40-minute walk there, it’s only a 6-minute drive.

  • Is there a nearby friend or family member that your student can call for an emergency ride home? (Nearby would be within 10 minutes or so.) If so, does your student have that person’s contact information with them?

  • Can your student go home with another family? If so, does your student know that you will allow them to go home with another family?

  • Is it possible for your student to take the bus home? If so, do they know the routes and have emergency bus fare?

    • For Fall 2021, northbound Metro Transit Route 25 picks up students at the corner of 33rd Ave NE and Belden Dr NE at approximately 12:16 PM, but students may wait unaccompanied at the bus stop across the street, weather permitting.

    • For Fall 2021, southbound Metro Transit Route 25 picks up students at the corner of 33rd Ave NE and Belden Dr NE at approximately 12:45 PM, but students may wait unaccompanied at the bus stop across the street, weather permitting.

Pre-COVID-19 information (saved here to be added back above when this pandemic ends)

  • Pre-COVID-19, at least one of the Fourth Onsite Volunteers has to stay until every student is picked up.

    • Pre-COVID-19, plan for the possibility of being unexpectedly delayed whenever you’re one of the Fourth Onsite Volunteers.

  • Pre-COVID-19, northbound Metro Transit Route 25 picks up students at the corner of 33rd Ave NE and Belden Dr NE at approximately 3:17 PM.

  • Pre-COVID-19, southbound Metro Transit Route 25 picks up students at the corner of 33rd Ave NE and Belden Dr NE at approximately 3:41 PM, but students may wait unaccompanied at the bus stop across the street, weather permitting.

Q:

When can we register for classes?

A:

You can find exact registration dates on our Calendar and on our Important Dates page.

Class registration opens first to current members and then to new members.

Fall class registration typically opens to new members in early to mid June.

Spring class registration typically opens to new members in early November.

Q:

How do I register my student(s) for classes at PHS?

A:

First, join our co-op or renew your membership!

Once registration opens, you may register either from our homepage or on the Class Registration page:

  1. Click on the title of the class to open further details including registration.
  2. Click the select box next to the name of the student(s) you wish to register for the class.
  3. Click the REGISTER button.
  4. Pay your tuition and supplies fees when they are due.

Q:

Registration Troubleshooting: It says “Signup for this class will open on 12/31/2999 at 12:00 AM CST.” under the REGISTER button.

A:

  1. Your co-op membership for the upcoming semester is still pending.

  2. You are an Instructor.

    • Because you don’t need to register for classes, your registration ability is locked.

Q:

Registration Troubleshooting: I get an error message that “You are currently parked. You will only have access to your Profile and Statement of Account until your group administrator makes you active again.”

A:

Q:

Registration Troubleshooting: I get an error message that “You are not authorized to view this page. You will now be redirected to your group home page” when I try to visit the Class Registration page.

A:

  • You are logged in as your student.

    • Only adults can register students for classes.

  • Log out as your student and log back in as yourself.

  • You can tell who is logged in by the name in the lefthand side of the top menu bar.

Q:

Registration Troubleshooting: I can’t check the select box next to my student’s name.

A:

  • Your student is outside the age range for the class.

Q:

Registration Troubleshooting: I don’t see a REGISTER button.

A:

  • If none of the above “Registration Troubleshooting” situations apply, then you are not logged into your account. Log in.

Q:

Can my 9-year-old sign up for Planet Homeschool classes?

A:

No. We do not accept class registrations for any children younger than 10, but we would love to welcome your 10-year-old next year!

Q:

Can I register my academically advanced younger child for classes designed for older students?

A:

No. Instructors set the age ranges for their classes and develop their curriculum accordingly. Many of our older students are also academically advanced, and success in a group learning environment depends on more than academic readiness.

However, instructors may, at their discretion, broaden the age range for a class to allow more students to register if the class has not met the instructor’s minimum registration goal. Even in this circumstance, we do not accept students younger than 10 years of age.

Q:

The class my child wants to take is full! Is there a waiting list?

A:

No. We do not maintain waiting lists for classes. Occasionally someone will drop a class and a spot will open up. Any seats that become available are then filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Q:

If that popular class filled so easily, can’t PHS just add another class?

A:

Every classroom is scheduled for every period in the space that we rent.

Our class schedule for the year is set during the spring before, and we don’t have much wiggle room once the schedule is complete.

Stay tuned — popular classes are often run again. Sometimes a teacher might choose to add a spot or two if they decide they have the physical space and ability to handle a couple more students.

Q:

How do I cancel a class registration?

A:

To cancel your student’s registration for a class, send an email request to [email protected]. It is helpful to include your full name, the full name of your student, and the title and instructor of the class.

Cancellations must be done “behind the scenes” by a volunteer with the website authority to alter class registrations. Your cancellation will be dated as valid at the time of your email, rather than at the time the volunteer completes your request.

Q:

Will I get a refund if I cancel my student’s registration for a class?

A:

Please visit our Refund Policy page.

Q:

Is there a lunch period? 

A:

Yes. Students should pack a lunch to eat during our 30-minute lunch period in the Fellowship Hall from 11:55 AM to 12:25 PM. Students may also choose to eat outside, weather permitting. There are a few picnic tables available.

There is a 5-minute period before lunch, 11:50 AM–11:55 AM, to allow time for students in second-period classes to clean up their classrooms and all students to participate in setting up the Fellowship Hall for dining.

There is a 5-minute period after lunch, 12:25 PM–12:30 PM, to allow time for all students to participate in cleaning up the Fellowship Hall and students in third-period classes to set up their classrooms.

To reduce pests in the building, food should only be consumed in the Fellowship Hall during lunch. However, children who need a midday snack may eat at the Onsite Volunteer Station in the hallway outside the lounge. Food spills must be cleaned up promptly.

Food is allowed in the classrooms only as part of class activities. Food spills must be cleaned up promptly.

No food is allowed in the lounge.

Refrigeration is not generally available but may be arranged if medically necessary.

Q:

My child has an allergy. Will my child be safe at PHS?

A:

Please visit our Allergies, Allergens, and Sensitivities Policy page.

Q:

How do I stay up to date on all the latest at Planet Homeschool?

A:

Planet Homeschool members will have access to our co-op forum and are expected to stay abreast of PHS-related communications posted there. Co-op forum posts can be read online or received via email (or both).

All co-op members and interested members of the wider community are encouraged to follow Planet Homeschool’s Facebook page.

Q:

How does PHS select what classes to offer each year?

A:

Classes are chosen based on the interests of our current members, the availability of classroom space and instructors, and the need to offer a balance of topics and classes for both middle and high school students.

Prospective instructors should visit our Information for Instructors page.

Q:

Will PHS classes be in-person or online?

A:

Please visit our COVID-19 Policies page.

Q:

Does PHS require COVID-19 vaccination?

A:

Please visit our COVID-19 Policies page.

Q:

Does PHS require masks?

A:

Please visit our COVID-19 Policies page.

Q:

This FAQ did not answer my question.

A:

If you have any other questions about Planet Homeschool, please contact our co-op’s Lead Volunteers at [email protected].