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Canvas Parent Portal
Published by Amanda Long on November 1, 2020

The canvas parent portal is now available!    This guide is for parents who would like access to Canvas to observe their students’ progress in their courses. Parents can create an account and sign up as an observer in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student’s account so they can see assignment due dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course. Parents will have the ability to use the Inbox to message teachers.

Video instructions

This guide is for parents who would like access to Canvas to observe their students’ progress in their courses.

**Please note:  parents will need to create an account on a computer or laptop.  They will not be able to create an account on a mobile device or through the app.**

  1. In a browser window, enter:
  2. Click on Parent of a Canvas User?
    • Click the account link at the top of the page.
  3. Enter Signup Details
    • Note: Child’s Student Pairing Code is case sensitive.  Your child’s teacher may have provided a pairing code for you.  If not, see Step 4 below for directions for your child to generate a pairing code.
    • Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox.
    • Click the Start Participating button.
  4. Student Pairing Code Directions
    • Have your child go to his or her Canvas Dashboard. 
    • Then click on the Account icon. 
    • Then go to Settings. 
    • Over to the right in Settings, select Pair With Observer. It will generate a case-sensitive pairing code
    • Parents should enter the pairing code in the Account field for Student Pairing Code- each parent must receive a separate pairing code when setting up accounts.
    • Click Start Participating
  5. Begin Observing
    • You can begin observing your child in Canvas immediately.
  6. Have more than one child to observe?
    • If you signed up for a Canvas account as a parent, you can add more than one child to observe.  To add additional children to observe, open user settings. In Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click the Settings link [2].
  7. Open observing
    • In User Navigation, click the Observing link.
  8. Add Student
    • Using the same steps from Step 4, generate a pairing code from your other student/child’s account. Type the pairing code in the Student Pairing Code field [1] and click the Add Student button [2].  Remember, a different code will be needed for each observer.
  9. View Student(s)
    • Your dashboard will show course tiles of courses for all of your paired students/children.
  10. Using the Canvas app on your Andriod/ios device
    • You may also view and adjust your notifications on the Parent Canvas App (available for android and ios devices).

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