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What is an Observers Role in Canvas?

Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course and a calendar of assignments. Like students, Observers cannot view a course until it is published and the course has started. For assistance with Assignments, Test Dates, Quizzes, or other Canvas course content, please contact your child’s teacher.

To learn more about the Observer role refer to: Canvas Complete Observer Guide

Parent Access

Parents​ and guardians of SPS 186 students can log into Canvas with a username and password that is set up by the parent/guardian.

Creating a Canvas Observer Account (for Parents)

How will parents access Canvas?

Canvas usernames and passwords must be created by parents/guardians.

           Creating a Canvas Observer Account (for Parents)

If you forget your password, please use the linked resource to retrieve your information. Dist. 186 staff does not have access to parentn login information for Canvas accounts.

            Password Recovery

Parents should not use their student's login credentials.

Access Canvas Using a Browser

1. The link to Canvas is sps186.instructure.com

2. Log in using the Canvas username and password that you created via pairing code.

3. Please bookmark the Canvas login website for easy access.

Access Canvas Using The Canvas Parent App (on a mobile device)

The Canvas Parent app is available in Google Play and the App Store for tablets and smartphones.

Windows mobile devices use the browser.

Note: A parent account must be created, using a computer browser, before they will be able to access information through the app.

Quick Start to Canvas Parent App 

To learn more about the Canvas Parent app visit  iOS Canvas Parent Guide  or Android Canvas Parent Guide

How to Set Up Text and Email Notifications

Parents can configure their Canvas account to send text and email notifications to be notified of grades and announcements plus other activities in Canvas.

To learn about Canvas Notifications visit How to Set Up My Notifications as an Observer​.

What Can Parents View in Canvas?

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 Assignments

  • View Canvas Grades

  • View the Calendar

  • Communicate with the teacher