Welcome
 

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:

You may arrange for a visit while we are in session by contacting our co-op’s Lead Volunteers at PlanetHomeschoolMN@gmail.com.

However, the best time to visit is during our Open House Party in the spring. Visit our online calendar or our Facebook page for this year’s date.

We ask that you do not drop by unannounced.

Q:

What are the responsibilities of members of Planet Homeschool?

A:

Members are expect to be aware of Planet Homeschool policies, to volunteer their time, energy, and talents to keep the co-op running, and to keep abreast of co-op communications.

Prospective members should read through the following:

  1. The Rules
  2. Behavior Policy
  3. Conflict Resolution Process
  4. Allergy and Food Sensitivity Policy
  5. Fragrance/Scent Safe Policy
  6. Inclement Weather Policy
  7. Refund Policy
  8. Volunteer Commitment Overview
  9. Parent Agreement
  10. Student Agreement
  11. What is a co-op?
  12. What does PHS cost?
  13. Paying Your Tuition and Materials Fees

Q:

What are student responsibilities at Planet Homeschool?

A:

Students should review the following with their grown-ups:

  1. The Rules
  2. Behavior Policy
  3. Conflict Resolution Process
  4. Allergy and Food Sensitivity Policy
  5. Fragrance/Scent Safe Policy
  6. Student Agreement
  7. What is a co-op?

Q:

 I have a question about a particular class

A:

Contact our co-op’s Lead Volunteers at PlanetHomeschoolMN@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the class’s instructor.

Q:

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

A:

No. We’d love to have you join us for as many or as few classes as your student is 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:

When can we register for classes?

A:

You can find exact registration dates on our Calendar and on our Important Dates page which is found under Classes in the sidebar menu.

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 can register either from our homepage or on the Class Registration page.

In the Class Matrix table for the current semester:

  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. When you have finished registering for classes, go to your Accounting page to pay your tuition and supplies fees.

Troubleshooting

  1. It says “Signup for this class will open on 12/31/2999 at 12:00 AM CST.” under the REGISTER button
  2. I don’t see a REGISTER button
    • You are not logged into your account.
  3. I get an error message that “You are not authorized to view this page. You will now be redirected to your group home page.”
    • You are logged in but as your student. Only adults can register students for classes.
    • Log out and log back in as yourself.
    • You can tell who is logged by the name at the top of the sidebar menu.
  4. I can’t check the select box next to my student’s name
    • Your student is outside the age range for the class

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 years old, 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 you 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:

I need to cancel my registration for a class.  Can I get a refund?

A:

Please visit our Refund Policy page.

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 the 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 on-site during their student’s first semester at PHS. Parents and guardians of students ages 12 years and up are encouraged to stay on-site for their students’ 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 on-site 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 clean up 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 on-site in order to help the co-op function more smoothly and safely for all.

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 mid-day snack may eat at the Monitor Station in the hallway. 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:

Families are responsible for managing their students’ allergies while they’re at PHS, including arranging with instructors for accommodations in classes.

If a student is not able to manage their allergy independently or are at high risk of a severe reaction, parents and guardians should plan to stay on-site.

We have had quite a few students with allergies and sensitivities attend PHS over the years without experiencing allergy-related problems, so it is definitely possible for families to ensure that PHS works for their students.

Q:

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

A:

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

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

Q:

How do you 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 Prospective Teachers 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 PlanetHomeschoolMN@gmail.com.