This page will provide directions to create an account using a desktop browser. While the Parent mobile app provides an on-the-go glimpse at course calendars and due dates, Canvas provides a much richer observer experience on desktop browsers, where much more content is available view using an interface similar to a student’s. We encourage you to access Canvas via a desktop browser to view more content and communicate with your student’s teachers.
Before beginning to create an account in Canvas, please ensure that you are using a supported browser. Canvas supports the current and first previous releases of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Parents and guardians often desire the ability to see their students’ course assignments, due dates, announcements, and other content. Chesterfield County Public Schools values and encourages parent and guardian participation in the student learning process. The district has enabled parents and guardian Canvas account creation and self-enrollment. These accounts can be linked to those of their students.
What can observers do in Canvas?
What can observers not do in Canvas?
Please be aware:
Prior to Enrolling: Have your student generate a student pairing code from their own account in Canvas. This is done by clicking on the student’s profile picture and selecting the “Settings” option.
Step One: Navigate to https://mychesterfieldschools.instructure.com/login/canvas. You will see the screen on the right.
Step Two: Click on “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here For an Account” link in the upper right-hand corner.
Do you have more than one student in CCPS?
If you have more than one student who is working in one or more classes in Canvas, click here to learn how to link to and observe additional students.
If you signed up for a Canvas account as a parent, you can add students to observe within the same institution. Additionally, if an institution created an observer account linked to a student for you, you can add students to observe.
To link yourself to a student, you will need to enter a student-specific pairing code. Pairing codes are case sensitive and are valid for seven days. Students can generate pairing codes from their User Settings. Depending on institution permissions, admins and instructors may also be able to generate pairing codes. For more information on pairing codes, view the Pairing Codes – Frequently Asked Questions PDF.
Open User Settings
In Global Navigation, click the Account link , then click the Settings link .
In User Navigation, click the Observing link.
Type the pairing code in the Student Pairing Code field  and click the Add Student button .
View the paired student.