2400 Carmine St
Charlotte, NC 28206
Courier #: 582
P: 980-343-0040  |  F: 980-343-0044 
LC: Central 2
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: 7-12
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‚ÄčParent Canvas Application Instructions

Canvas for Parents App.pdf assists parents in accessing Canvas and installing the application (update added 8/16/2020)

Instructions for Signing Up for Parent Access

This guide is for parents who do not have a Canvas account and want to observe their students in their courses. You must open this link using Chrome. 

  1. Open Canvas URL


In a browser window, enter the institution's Canvas registration URL (cms.instructure.com/login/canvas).

2. Click on Parent of a Canvas User?

Click the account link at the top of the page.





3. Enter Signup Details

Enter the required information

  • Note: Child's Student Pairing Code. It is case sensitive. See Step 4 for directions for your child to generate a pairing code. 

  • Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox.

  • Click the Start Participating button.

4. Student Pairing Code Directions

  • Have your child go to his or her Canvas Dashboard.

  • Then click on the Account icon.

  • Then go to Settings.

  • Over to the right in Settings, select Pair With Observer. It will generate a case-sensitive pairing code. 

5. Use CanvasUse Canvas


While your account is not entirely set up, you can begin participating in Canvas immediately by clicking the Get Started button.

To finish registering for Canvas, log into your email account.

6. Complete Registration Process

Complete Registration Process

Open the email from Instructure Canvas. To visit the provided URL and complete the registration process, click the link provided.

7. Register for a Parent Account

Register for a Parent Account

To complete the registration process fill out the following fields:

  • Verify your email in the Login field.

  • Set your password by typing in the Password field.

  • Set your timezone by selecting the Time Zone drop-down menu.

  • Click the Register button. You will be redirected to the Canvas URL login page for your account



Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools website (www.cms.k12.nc.us) is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any website accessibility concerns may be brought via the following, Email the Web Accessibility Team at WebAccessibility or Call: 980.343.0115. In compliance with Federal Law, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, may be referred to the District's Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.