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Canvas Observer Accounts

In order to monitor your child’s progress in Canvas, you can set up an Observer account. As an observer, an adult view Canvas courses that the student is enrolled in including their own child’s assignments, events, and course interactions. Observers do not have the ability to interact with any of content, submit assignments, or communicate with other students. Canvas Observers can message the instructor of a course using the Canvas Inbox feature. We will go through this process with students during the second week of school, but the steps are outlined here for those of you who wish to configure your accounts now.

What is Canvas?

Canvas is the OCPS-adopted Learning Management System and the hub of the digital classroom. Students will visit Canvas to check their calendar for upcoming due dates, access course materials, and submit assignments. Parents can use Canvas to keep up with their child's calendar and assignments using a Canvas Observer account and the Canvas Parent App. Instructional videos and FAQs are available at

LaunchEd Family Technology Handbook

Canvas Observer Accounts