Parents can be granted access to any page using the same method as any other account type (i.e. being added to the page via group). However, adding the "Parents" user group to a class page is not ideal, as it means all parents in the system can see the page (instead of just the parents with students in the class). Alternatively, adding only relevant parents into the class group would take time.
The automated Parent access toggle makes this process a lot quicker. The toggle simply checks to see what Student accounts currently have access to the page being worked on, and then gives their associated Parent accounts immediate view access to that page. So if you have a class of 20 students, and you only want their parents to see the page, as soon as you enable the automated Parent access feature this type of access will be granted.
Should the students in the class change (e.g. 2 students leave, 1 new student joins), the parent access settings get updated automatically!
Enabling automated Parent access
To enable the automated Parent access functionality:
On the page (class or web) you are working with, go to the Page Tools menu and select "Page options".
On the "Current Page Access" tab, locate the automated Parent access setting towards the bottom of the panel, then enable the checkbox shown.
The setting is applied immediately, so you can simply close the Page Options window once your selection is made.
Setting advanced Parent permissions
Parents have view-access only to the page by default. However, in some situations or contexts, you may want to include parents in class activity. There are three modules in which Parent accounts can participate in whilst still having basic View-Only access: submitting or replying to Discussion forum posts, editing contents in the Wiki and commenting on Media Gallery items.
Each of these advanced permissions can be toggled individually. To do so:
On the page you are working with, go to the Page Tools menu and select "Page options".
On the "Current Page Access" tab, click on the "Toggle advanced Parent permissions" link towards the bottom-right.
In the subsequent panel, review the three modules listed and check the corresponding boxes for modules you would like parents to interact with.
Your selections will be saved immediately.
Once you have made your selections, click on the "Back to Page Access" link towards the top-right.