Manage guardians in your domain

This article is for G Suite Administrators. Teachers go here.

Guardians can get email summaries of their student’s progress and work in a class. As the G Suite administrator, you can:

  • Allow guardian email summaries for your school or district.
  • Give teachers permission to invite or remove guardians.

Guardians who sign up for email summaries can’t see the Stream, Classwork, People, or Grades pages in Classroom.

Turn guardian email summaries on or off

By default, guardian access is turned on for K–12 schools. Guardian access is turned off for higher education institutions. When access is turned on, guardians are linked to their student and can receive email summaries. See an example of a guardian email summary.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, choose an option:
    • If you’re using G Suite for Education or G Suite for Nonprofits, click Appsand thenG Suiteand thenClassroom.
    • If you’re using G Suite Basic, Business, or Enterprise, click Appsand thenAdditional Google servicesand thenClassroom.
  3. Click General settings.
  4. Under Guardian access, click Allow parents and guardians to access Classroom information.

Note: If you allow students in domains on the allow list to join your classes, those domains must also turn on guardian email summaries so teachers can invite guardians of those students. Learn more

Manage who can invite and remove guardians

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Choose one:
    • If you’re using G Suite for Education or G Suite for Nonprofits, click Appsand thenG Suiteand thenClassroom.
    • If you’re using G Suite Basic, Business, or Enterprise, click Appsand thenAdditional Google servicesand thenClassroom.
  3. Click General settingsand thenGuardian access.
  4. Under Who can manage parents and guardians?, choose an option:
    • All verified teachers
    • Only domain administrators
  5. Click Save.

Invite or remove guardians in your domain

To invite or remove guardians in bulk for your domain, choose an option:

  • Use GAM, a command line tool for managing G Suite domains and users, to invite guardians in bulk via CSV, view a list of current guardians, and remove guardians. Learn more
  • Invite and remove guardians with the Classroom API. Learn more

Note: The maximum number of guardians that can be assigned to a student is 20.

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