Vancouver Public Schools families and the community have access to a variety of online resources to stay informed about students’ education and the district. Here you can find general information about Skyward Family Access, Parent Access, paying fines and fees and the district’s mobile app. We hope you’ll use these resources frequently!
What it does: Allows parents and students to view outstanding fines or fees, make online payments using major credit cards and purchase school items.
What it is:Free mobile app that can be translated into nearly 70 different languages.
What it does: School calendars, Skyward Family Access, bus routes, elementary lunch menus, staff directory, news and more in a smartphone- and tablet-friendly format. (Note: The mobile app does not support school lunch payments.)
What it does: Allows parents to send messages to their children’s teachers and pay for school lunches (unless using Skyward through the VPS mobile app). Parents of middle and high school students also can view current schedules, check on assignments, monitor progress and grades and set up helpful notifications.
What it does: The Learner Profile includes attendance records; performance on standardized tests; and, for high-schoolers, cumulative credits and GPAs. Parents also can view elementary students’ report cards and see announcements and information not publicly available, including library resources or online textbook login information.
To sign up for VPS Parent Access and Skyward Family Access, please go to your child’s school. You must present photo identification in order to receive an authorized login and password. If you have children at more than one school, you will need to apply at only one school office.
The VPS Parent Access and Skyward Family Access login pages both have “Forgot password?” links that lead to the Skyward “Forgotten login/password assistance” page. Here you can enter your email address and have your password sent to you. Please note that once you complete this process and follow the instructions in the email, you should regain instant access to Skyward. However, your access to Parent Access will take an additional business day to be restored. If you don’t have a current email address in the system, see the last question for additional instructions.
VPS Parent Access and Skyward Family Access share the same username and password. Once you have visited your child’s school to apply for an account, you can manage your password from within Skyward. Click on the “Account info” link in the upper-right corner. You then can change your password or email address using the links on the right. (Note that password changes will take a day to be effective in the VPS Parent Access. See the next question for more details.)
VPS Parent Access and Skyward Family Access are complimentary but separate computer systems that would normally require you to have separate accounts. We know that maintaining more than one account can be cumbersome, so for your convenience your Skyward Family Access account information is synced with Parent Access. This process happens nightly, so changes you make to your Skyward Family Access account will not show up in your Parent Access account until the next day, including password changes.
Yes. All employees who also are parents should use their Skyward staff username and password to access both Skyward Family Access and Parent Access (there no longer is a separate account just for your parent role). Also note that if you are at work, you must log out of the VPS staff portal before you can log into Parent Access—otherwise you won’t see your student’s info!