Parent Access to Canvas as an Observer
Parents can create a Canvas Parent Observer Account, then link their student’s Canvas account to theirs so they can see assignment due dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view course content but cannot participate in the course.
To create a Canvas Parent Observer Account, go to pcsd.instructure.com/login and click the “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here For an Account” link on the log in page. Enter your name, email, and create a password. Then you’ll need a “Student Pairing Code” to link to your student’s Canvas account.
Where is the “Student Pairing Code”? The code is generated by the student’s Canvas account. Your student needs to log into their Canvas account, go to Account, then click Settings. Click the “Pair with Observer” button. Copy the six-digit pairing code and share it with the observer who wants to link to the account (case sensitive). A separate pairing code is required for each observer.
If you’ve already created a Canvas Parent Observer account, and you need to link another student to your account, go to Account, then Settings. Click the Observing link, then enter the student’s pairing code (case sensitive), and click the “+Student” button.
Please note: PCSD Employees should NOT use their @pcschools.us email address for their observer account. They should use a personal email address.
More information and detailed instructions with graphics:
- Follow the How Do I Sign Up for a Canvas Account as a Parent Guide
- Add another student (or two or three) by following the How do I link to another student as an observer Guide
- Review the Observer Guide for an overview of what to expect