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Parent/Guardian Access to Canvas

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to provide instructional support, class calendars, assignments, and resources for students in a safe online environment. Canvas is being used as the primary course connection between students and teachers with Remote Learning in the 2020-21 school year. Once we return to traditional in-person classes, Canvas will continue to be an integral part of classroom instruction. 

Canvas Use

Canvas can provide you with specific information about your student’s curricula, so you have a better understanding of the work that teachers and students are doing.  Assignment detail and student scores are available in your student’s Canvas account.

What is the Parent Observer Role in Canvas?

Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course and a calendar of assignments.  

What can Parent Observers view in Canvas? 

Below are the features available to Parents. Please note that not all courses use all features. 

  • Set your Notification
  • View the Dashboard
  • View the Course Syllabus
  • View prompts but not participate in Discussions
  • View but not submit assignments
  • Preview and download some Files
  • View the Modules Page
  • View Canvas Grades
  • View the Calendar
  • Communicate with the teacher 

Students and Parents can access Canvas through a web browser or on a mobile device using the Canvas Student/Parent app.

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