Parent Information: Preparing for Virtual Learning

The new school year is approaching.  Though it will be a much different start, we all want our students to be excited, happy, and successful.  As a parent, there are several things you can do to help ensure that your child is prepared for the first day.

Our school would like to provide our parents with a checklist of steps and information that will help your child get off to a great start this year.


Confirm You Can Log into Your ParentVue Account

  • If you are unsure of your password, click on "More Options."  Choose “Forgot Password” and enter your email address.
  • You will receive an email with a link to reset your password.   
  • If you have never used your ParentVue account, click on "Activate Account," one of the choices in "More Options." 
  • Once in ParentVue, verify that you see all your children, elementary, middle, and high school.

Student Passwords for the 2020-2021 School Year

Students will be able to keep the same Office365/Clever username and password that they had during the last school year.    Your child's username is everything before the @ in his/her email address (  

  • If you do not know your child’s Office365 email address or he/she is new to PWCS, log into ParentVue and click on “Student Info.”   
  • If your child is unsure of his/her password or is new to PWCS, go to the student password reset
  • You will need:
    • your child's username
    • ID/lunch number (available in ParentVue)
    • birthdate.


Confirm Your Child Can Log into Canvas

  1. Go to the Alvey website.
  2. Click on "Student Login" in the upper right-hand corner.  This link is on every PWCS webpage.
           Student Login
  3.   Log into your child’s Canvas account, by typing his/her Office365 email address  If you do not know your child’s Office365 email address, log into ParentVue and click on “Student Info.”  

    Email User Name Screenshot

  4. Click “Next.”
  5. Type your child’s Office365 password. If your child is unsure of his/her password, go to Student Password Reset.
  6. Click “Sign In.”
    Email Password Screenshot

Set Up Parent Canvas Account

Parents can set up observer account to monitor their child's learning in Canvas and communicate with their child's teacher.  You will need a different pairing code for each child.  Follow these steps to access the paring code and create your parent account:

  1. Log into your child's Canvas account following the steps above.
  2. Click on “Account.”
       Screenshot of Canvas Account Button    
  3. Click “Settings.”
      Screenshot of Canvas Settings Link     
  4. Click “Pair with Observer.”
       Screenshot of Pair with Observer   
  5.  You will see the pairing code for your child.  Write it down and use it within 7 days.
  6. If you have more than one child, repeat these steps to obtain a pairing code for each child,
  7. You will use this pairing code to create your Canvas parent observer account.  Go to the Canvas for Parents login page.
  8. Click on "Click Here For an Account."
        Screenshot of Canvas Parent Login  
  9.  Fill in the information including your pairing code and start participating.
  10. If you use the Canvas Parent app on your phone, you will be asked to find your school.  Search for “Prince William County Public Schools – Parents.”  You can then click “Create Account.”  Then fill in the requested information including your pairing code and start participating.
  11. If you have more than one child, log into your parent Canvas account.  Click on "Account" on the left-side Global Navigation.  Select "Observing.  Click on "+Student" and add pairing codes for your other children.
    Screenshot of Canvas page to add more pairing codes

You can find more Canvas information for parents using the links to videos below.

Here is a video showing how to bookmark these websites in Google Chrome.

If your child is using an iPad, he/she will need the following apps installed:

Activate Your Child's Zoom Account

Teachers will be using Zoom to provide online lessons to students.  PWCS has purchased a Zoom domain to keep students and teachers safe while video conferencing.  Students will need to activate their PWCS Zoom accounts before being able to video conference with the teachers.

    1.    Go to .

    2.  Click on "Sign In."
    Screenshot of Zoom Login Page

    3.  Sign in with your child's Office365/Clever email and password.

    4.  After creating the Zoom account, students will join their class Zoom meetings through Canvas.

    5.  If you are using the Zoom app on a tablet or phone, open the app and click on the key that says SSO.  You will be asked to type your domain.  It is pwcs-zm-edu  Use your child's Office365/Clever email address and password to sign in.

If you have any questions about these applications for virtual learning, please feel free to email Leslie Harper at