Creating a Canvas Account as a Parent

  • Canvas by Instructure is a learning management system being used by teachers in Knox County Schools. This product allows teachers to provide online content to students in an organized and easy to use fashion. The Canvas learning management system provides teachers with ways to create and deliver content, monitor student participation, and assess student performance. Canvas also provides students with the ability to use interactive features such as threaded discussions, video conferencing, and discussion forums.

    As a parent, you can create a Canvas login that will allow you to check on upcoming assignments, view class materials and follow your student’s progress.

KCS Parent Login Accounts for Canvas

    To create your Canvas account... where you
 will find the login screen for Knox County Schools. Click on the link in the upper right corner to begin creating your login credentials.
    Canvas Login Screen
    Continue by adding your information
    Add your name, your email address and your child’s PAIRING code. Click to agree to terms and conditions. (NOTE: Knox County School employees should use a personal email address to observe your child's Canvas activity. Your email is already tied to your KCS employee Canvas login. Because of this, you must use a gmail, yahoo, etc. personal email account for your children that might be in Knox County Schools.)
    Your child’s pairing code can be found on their login under settings. (Click on the icon for account and find the pairing code link on the right side of the screen.  If for some reason, your child does not know their username and password, contact your child’s teacher.
    Pair with Observer tag
    Once you have entered the information, click Start Participating.
    Setting your Password
    You can click Get Started to start participating and exploring Canvas however, you will not be able to set your notification preferences and log back in until you have set a new password.
    To set your password, you will need to check your email to find a message from Canvas. That message will allow you to change your password for future logins. Open the email from Instructure Canvas. Click the link provided to visit the provided URL and complete the registration process.
    Complete the Registration Process
    Open the email from Instructure Canvas. Click the link provided to visit the provided URL and complete the registration process. 
    Email Link
    Final Registration Steps
    To complete the registration process fill out the following fields:
    1. Verify your email in the login field.
    2. Set your password by typing in the password field.
    3. Set your timezone by selecting the time zone drop-down menu.
    4. Click the Register button. You will be redirected to the Canvas URL login page for your account.Welcome Aboard

If You Have More Than One Child Enrolled

  • Once you have signed up for a Canvas account as a parent and linked yourself to one of your students, you can add your additional Knox County Student(s) to observe with your Canvas parent account.
    Open User Settings
    In Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click the Settings link [2].
    Then in the User Navigation, click the Observing link. 
    Account Settings
    Add Student
    Find the paring code for logins. 
     Pair with observer
    For more information on Canvas Observer accounts, visit
    If you have tried to create your account and are still having problems, please submit a help ticket. (