Parent access to Canvas is now activated. Please thoroughly review the below instructions on how to create a parent account.

Parent Observer Accounts

Parents can 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.

  • Follow the instructions below for creating a Canvas Observer account for parents.
  • Please note that parents need to keep track of their own email and password they provide, as these will serve as the login credentials. Villa does not have a record of logins and passwords.

Parent Account Creation

Follow these directions for creating a Parent Observer account.

1. Using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox (Canvas recommendations), browse to > Parents > Canvas

2. Click the Canvas Login link to LAUNCH CANVAS. register for A Free parent account By CLICKING THE LINK IN THE upper right hand corner.

3. Enter the following information:

Your daughter(s) has to generate the pairing code from her own account. She will need to follow these directions provided by Canvas:

Copy this pairing code into the “Student Pairing Code” line, check the Terms of Use/Privacy Policy box, and click the “Start Participating” button. Note: If this pairing code is not generated, a parent/guardian cannot link to student.


The best place to add another daughter to your Observer account is through the web browser account, not the app.

  • After logging in, once you have a pairing code from your second daughter, click Account, then Settings, then Observing.
  • You'll see a +Student button, and a place to enter the second pairing code. After the second pairing code is entered, you will see both of your daughters listed.

What Can Parents View in Canvas as an Observer?

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

  • Set your Notifications
  • View the Dashboard
  • View the course Syllabus
  • View but not submit Assignments
  • View Canvas Grades
  • View the Calendar

Too Many Canvas Notifications?

Parents can adjust Canvas Notifications as follows:

  • From your Canvas Dashboard, click on Account.
  • Click on Notifications.
  • Set the frequency of the different Canvas Notifications as the need arises.

Get the Free Canvas Parent App

Printable Instructions

For printable instructions, please click here.

Technology & Media

Karla Hurlbert
Director of Technology
215-357-8810 ext. 100

Marjene Hoffman
Library Media Specialist
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