Canvas for Parents

Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) that teachers use as a tool to enhance your child’s learning and to provide continual access to classroom tools.

Web Version Instructions (Parent App Instructions are further down)

In order to create a parent observer account in Canvas using the Web-Version of the program, please go to the Richmond Canvas login page and click on the link that says “Parent of a Canvas user? Click Here for an Account.” This is a four-step process:

1.  Create your account by entering your name, email, and the username and password for one of your children (it is the same username and password that your child uses whenever their log in to any computer while they are at school.)

2.  You will receive a confirmation email.  Open the "Confirm Registration: Canvas" email and click “Click here to finish the registration process”

3.  This will bring up the Canvas login screen where you will enter a new password of your choice, your Time Zone, and click Register

4.  You add additional student(s) by going to Settings, Observing

For more detailed instructions please refer to the following:

Important Notes about web version of Parent Canvas Accounts:

  • In Canvas, the courses are NOT sorted by student. You will just see a list of all courses in which your student(s) are registered.

  • During this initial setup you may receive an e-mail from each teacher’s course when you first join (this may mean many e-mails if you have many students). 

  • Canvas does have grades listed but these grades only represent assignments/quizzes that have been graded within Canvas. Canvas does not include assignments/quizzes/tests completed outside of the Canvas tool.  To see overall grades for your child you will need to look in PowerSchool.

Mobile Device Instructions

To create a Parent/Observer account using a mobile device, follow the steps below:

From the app store, download the "Canvas Parent" App.

1.  Choose the "Create Account" Option

2.  Enter your first name, last name, valid email address, and set a password (NOTE: If you have also created a parent account through the Richmond Canvas Website, it is highly recommended that you use the same email address and password)

3.  Find the school by typing "Richmond Community Schools - IN" and choose from the dropdown list.

4.  Enter in the Canvas username and password for your child (or one of your children if you have multiple students in your household).

For more detailed instructions on setting up, adding students, and naviagating the Canvas Parent App, please view the following resources:

Important Notes about Canvas Parent App:

  • During this initial setup you may receive an e-mail from each teacher’s course when you first join (this may mean many e-mails if you have many students). 
  • Canvas does have grades listed but these grades only represent assignments/quizzes that have been graded within Canvas. Canvas does not include assignments/quizzes/tests completed outside of the Canvas tool.  To see overall grades for your child you will need to look in PowerSchool.