NSSD Parent Update: September 18th

Canvas Parent / Student Training #2

Parent Update

We want to thank all families for their continued understanding and patience as we make efforts to open schools for the 2020-21 school year. At this time, we anticipate being ready for a September 28th start date. This will be confirmed on Wednesday, September 23rd. We understand some families impacted by the fire may not be ready on the 28th. Please communicate with your school.


The North Santiam School District is making all efforts to ensure the start of school goes smoothly. Several districts around the State have experienced significant technology-related issues. We have investigated these issues and with your assistance, by following the guidance in the training document below, we have a great opportunity to solve potential issues to ensure a successful start to the school year.


We have a limited number of Verizon Hotspots for families in need. They are scheduled to be shipped to our District on September 21st. If your family has a need, please click on this link and fill out the form. Click this link for Spanish form.

What is Canvas?

The District has selected Canvas as our learning management system (LMS) for grades K-12. Think of Canvas as your student's virtual classroom. The District selected Canvas to provide a consistent platform K-12 to support students and parents managing Comprehensive Distance Learning. The Canvas LMS puts everything in one spot for your child(ren). They will access all their assignments, grades, course content, and interact with their teacher and classmates.


Parents can sign up as observers in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas accounts to their student's account to see assignments, grades, due dates, announcements and course content. Having this access will greatly assist parents in partnering with teachers to provide a richer learning experience. To prepare parents and students, we are including training videos to get you ready for the start of the school year. Teachers will be supporting students in using Canvas the first few weeks of school.

What Can Parents Do?

Here are some great steps parents can take:


  1. Help your child(ren) login to their District Gmail Account and access Canvas.
  2. Have your student watch the Canvas Overview below.
  3. Set up your Parent Observer Account
  4. Attend a help session: Tuesday 6:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am.
  5. Participate in a "soft start" session on Thursday or Friday (Your school will communicate this schedule).
  6. Report any issues to helpdesk@nsantiam.k12.or.us
  7. Make sure your child(ren) use their first and last name when logging into Zoom or Google Meets session with their teachers.

Student Login Instructions

Student Login:


  • The student login to a district Chromebook, Google and Canvas accounts are all the same. They follow this pattern:


Canvas Login:

Using a District Chromebook:

  • Your Canvas homepage will automatically show on the screen after you sign in to your Chromebook using your username and password. You can also access through the dropdown app menu (9dots) in the upper right-hand corner.


Using a Home Computer:

  • Students will need to login to their District Google Account using their username and password and go to the Apps icon (9dots) and scroll down to find the Canvas App. They can also login to Canvas using the link below and the same password. We have found it is best to access Canvas through a student's Gmail Account.
200 - Canvas Overview for Students

Parent Login Instructions:

  1. Watch the Tutorial Video
  2. Review the How Do I Get a Pairing Code Directions
  3. Click on the Canvas login link below
  4. Click on Parent of a Canvas User
  5. Follow Directions for setting up account and pairing
501 - Observer Account Registration and Student Pairing

Downloading the Parent App

Having access to your phone is a great way to stay connected to your child(ren) during the day. We are working to have the District search field activated. Until then you can type in nsantiam.instructure.com and you will be connected to the login page.

Parent and Student Canvas Overviews

500 - Canvas Overview for Observers