Canvas FAQ | Seton Catholic Preparatory

Canvas Observer Account Information for Parents

How do I view my student's courses?

Create a parent, or observer, account by doing the following. Note: Only complete this process once.    

View this presentation for instructions.

How can I observe a second, third child on my account?

See slides 10 & 11 on the presentation for images.  Go to profile, click Observing, type in your child’s     username and password, click +Student.

What if I forgot my password?

Click on the "Don't know your password" link on the login screen at An email with reset permissions will be sent to the email address you used to sign up for the account.

Seton staff will not have access to your password.

What can I do as an observer?

Read announcements and discussions, see assignments, preview documents, see the syllabus page, download some files, see course modules, and see grades for each class your child is enrolled in.

What can I NOT do as an observer?

The observer role does not allow parents to upload assignments, take quizzes, post to discussion forums, modify content, etc.

Is there an app?

Yes, a Canvas app is available for both iOS and Android devices.  However, you need to create your observer account on the browser before you can log in using the app.

Where can I get help?

You can get help in one of two ways. First, you can access the Canvas Help Guides at  The Canvas Help Guides provide easy, step-by-step instructions with screenshots of how to access and use Canvas. This link provides help with navigating your observer account:   

The second option is that you can send an email to Seton IT at

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