Parent Guide to Virtual Learning Preparation

Hello Lake Ridge Middle Parents,

The new school year is here!  We want our students to be excited, happy, and successful as we begin school virtually on September 8th.  As a parent, there are several things you can do before school starts to help your child be prepared. This content contains a checklist of steps and information that will get your child off to a great start.

Step 1:  Confirm You Can Log into Your ParentVue Account

  • Go here to log in to your account
  • If you are unsure of your password, click on "More Options"
  • Click on "Forgot Password" and enter your email address
  • A link will be emailed to you to reset your password
  • If you have never used your ParentVue account, click on "Activate Account," one of the choices in "More Options"
  • In ParentVue, verify that you see all your children, elementary, middle, and high school (if you are missing a child, please contact the school registrar for that student’s school)

Step 2:  Confirm that your Student is able to Login in to StudentVue

  • PWC students will be able to keep the same Office365/Clever username and password that they had during the last school year (the password must be reset if it has expired). Your child's username is everything before the @ in his/her email address ( To locate your child’s Office365 email address:

Step 3:  Confirm that your Student is able to Login to Office 365

  1. Go to PWCS Office365,
  2. Type the Office365 email address (see Step 2 to locate email address).
  3. Click “Next.”
  4. Enter password (see Step 2 to reset password).




Step 4: Confirm Your Child Can Log into Canvas

  1. Go to the LRMS web page,
  2. Click on "Student Login" in the upper right-hand corner.This link is on every PWCS webpage.
  3. Type the Office365 email address (see Step 2 to locate email address).
  4. Click “Next.”
  5. Enter password (see Step 2 to reset password).


Step 5:  Set Up Parent Canvas Account
Parents can set up an observer account to monitor their child's learning in Canvas and communicate with their child's teacher. You will need a pairing code for each child.  Follow these steps to access that paring code and log into your parent account:

  1. Log into your child's Canvas account following the steps above.
  2. Click on “Account”
  3. Click “Settings”
  4. Click “Pair with Observer
  5. Now you will see the pairing code for your child (use it within 7 days).
  6. You will use this pairing code to create your Canvas parent observer account.Go to the Canvas for Parents login page,
  7. Click on "Click Here For an Account”
  8. Fill in the information requested including your pairing code.
  9. 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.
  10. If you have more than one child, log into your parent Canvas account. Click on "Account" on the left-side blue Global Navigation toolbar.Select "Observing.Click on "+Student" and add pairing codes for your other children.

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

Canvas for PWCS Parents: Setting Up Your Account

Canvas for PWCS Parents: Navigating Canvas

Canvas for PWCS Parents: Canvas Course Navigation

Canvas for PWCS Parents:  Inbox and Messaging

Step 6: 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. Log in to Office 365 (see Step 3)
  2. Click on All apps on the right side of the page.
  3. Find the Zoom App and click on it.
  4. Click on "Sign In"
  5. Sign in with your child's Office365 email address and password (after the first time, the student will be automatically logged in and will not need to enter this information).
  6. Students will join their class Zoom meetings through Canvas.


Bookmark Websites/Download Apps
Your child will be using certain websites and apps for distance learning.  If your child is using a laptop, desktop, or Chromebook, you will want to bookmark the following websites. They work best on Google Chrome but will also work on Safari.

Password Reset



To Login to a School-provided Computer at Home:


  • User name:  .\pwcsstudent  ( make sure to use the .\)
  • Password:  pwc$stud3nt
  • Once in the computer, connect to your home wifi and use a web browser to access
  • If you do not have access to internet at home, youmay come to the school and use the wifi from the school parking lot.


If you have any questions about these applications for virtual learning, please feel free to email your child’s teacher or our Instructional Technology Coach, Cherise Hodge at  You can also call the PWCS helpdesk at 703-791-8826. The link below takes you to the PWCS Helpdesk information page.