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Canvas Observer Accounts for 6-12th Grade Parents/Guardians

Educational Technology

Canvas is the Issaquah School District's Learning Management System for students in grades 6-12. Through Canvas, students can access coursework, turn in assignments, and connect with their teacher(s) and classmates.

In Canvas, the "Observer" role provides parents and guardians an account to monitor their student's progress in their courses as well as support their students' learning at home. In order to protect the privacy of all students, observer accounts can only access their own children's work in Canvas. Therefore, it is important for family members to use their own observer account, rather than logging in as their student. 

A few examples of things observers can do include viewing the class calendar, seeing student grades, viewing assignment due dates, and view teacher feedback. Families will learn more about how their student's teachers use Canvas during curriculum night at individual schools. 

 If you have not set up your Canvas Observer account yet, you will first need to create your password.

First, make sure you are accessing Canvas from the Issaquah School District page. Then:

  1. Click “Forgot Password?”
  2. Enter your email address as it is listed in Family Access/Skyward
  3. A message will be sent to your email. Follow the instructions to create your password.
  4. Once you are logged into Canvas, you will see the courses for your student(s) on your Dashboard.
  5. From the Account tab at the top of the window, you can view the names of your students.

Watch this Video on Getting Started for more information. Or, check out "Canvas 101 for Parents and Guardians" to learn more about the Observer role.

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