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Canvas & Leon County Schools: Everything you need to know

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 13:04:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Whether your student is attending school in-person or is opting for online instruction, this school year is going to look and feel different for everyone.

Part of the change is the use of a program called Canvas. Leon County Schools is using the Canvas Learning Management System for all students, regardless of whether they are learning at school or at home.

According to the school district's 2020-21 Reopening Plan, "Students participating in on campus instruction will use devices to access lessons, instructional materials and activities, and assessments. Devices will be used for real time communication and collaboration between the teacher and the students, including those students that are learning at home."

For most, Canvas comes with a learning curve. That's why LCS has unveiled Canvas learning academies on it's website: One for parents and one for students.

Below is a video breakdown of some of the basics a student needs to know for using Canvas:

The easiest way to ensure your student has the smoothest transition possible on August 31 is to make sure they're familiar with how Canvas works ahead of the first day of school.

To help with that, LCS has put together a webpage with specifics on how a student can view and submit assignments on Canvas, view their grades, access their inbox and even download the Canvas Student App. You can access that webpage here.

Whether your student is working from home or at school, parents can keep up with what their doing on Canvas by creating their own account. Parents can even get this information directly from their handheld device or cellphone via an app.

According to the district's website, the LCS Canvas Parent App launch date is set for Sept. 7. Below is a video walkthrough showing how parents can access Canvas:

LCS has also unveiled a step-by-step guide that walks parents through that process. You can access that webpage here.

For more information, video guides and other resources surrounding Canvas, click here.