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Create a Single Sign-On Connection to PowerSchool for Parents and Students

Many districts and schools use PowerSchool (by Pearson School Systems) as a education management portal for parents and students. If your district uses PowerSchool, you can now create a single sign-on to access PowerSchool through your Edline website. By setting up the single sign-on connection, parents and students will be able to access PowerSchool directly through the Edline website without having to constantly re-enter their login credentials while moving between the two applications.

Depending on your district’s or school’s needs, you can setup the single sign-on connection in Edline so that end users can access PowerSchool through the Hall Pass feature, or through the Links box on the Edline website.

note-my-gradebooksNote: Your Edline representative will enable the District Hall Pass feature for both your district and schools.

Creating a Hall Pass Connection to PowerSchool

Before  parents and students can access PowerSchool through the Edline website, the district Hall Pass feature must first be setup by the district super user. For any third-party tool to be available to your end-users through the My Hall Pass feature, if must first be enabled at the district-level.

District Hall Pass Set-Up

The district super user must be logged in at the district website in Edline.

  1. Select District Hall Pass from the Tools menu.
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District Hall Pass Page
  1. From the SIS tab, click on the PowerSchool Parent/Student product on the left side of the page.
  2. On the right side of the page, click the Activate link. Additional fields  appear requesting the specific activation information for PowerSchool.
  3. Enter the domain for PowerSchool’s login page in the Domain of PowerSchool Login Page field.
  4. Click Save to save the credentials.
  5. Click Done when finished.
  6. Log out of Edline and then sign back in for changes to take effect.

Once you activate the website, your school parent and student users will be able to use the My Hall Pass option available in the My Edline menu.

If you want your parents and students to access PowerSchool through the Links box available on their school website, complete the Creating a Link to PowerSchool section.

Creating a Link to PowerSchool

To create an automatic sign-on to PowerSchool from a school’s home page in Edline, you will need to setup a link. District super users can create the link from the Links box on the district home page and multi-post the link to the specific schools.

  1. On the district home page, hover over the  Links box click the Add Item icon. If you do not have the Links box available on the home page, click the View Page As viewasicon icon from your toolbar to open the Resource List page. Select Link from the drop-down and click the Add button.
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Modify Document for Link
  1. Type PowerSchool Parent/Student as the Title and click Create Now.
  2. In the Link URL field, type the tag for the PowerSchool application, including the brackets and lowercase letters: <powerschoolpar>
  3. Make sure the View Link In a New Window When Clicked option is checked.
  4. In the Multiple Posting area, add the schools that will have the link.
  5. Click Save and Return. The Links box will contain your new PowerSchool Parent/Student link on all the selected schools.

How Parents and Students Can Access PowerSchool in Edline

Parents and students with access to PowerSchool can launch the application through Edline after the district completes the initial setup. They can access the application through the school’s My Hall Pass feature, or if you setup a link for the school, they can click directly on the link.

School Parent and Student Users Accessing PowerSchool through My Hall Pass

Parents and students with access to PowerSchool can launch the application through Edline after the district completes the initial setup.

  1. From the My Edline menu, select My Hall Pass available under the My Account section.
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My Hall Pass
  1. Select PowerSchool Parent/Student from the list.
  2. Type your Username that you use to access PowerSchool.
  3. Type your Password that you use to access PowerSchool.
  4. Click Save.

Now, any time you want to access PowerSchool you can open My Hall Pass and click the Go button next to PowerSchool Parent/Student.

School Parent and Student Users Access PowerSchool through Link

If the district sets up a link to PowerSchool, parents and students will be able to access the link. The first time the user will need to setup their login information using My Hall Pass.

  1. Click the PowerSchool Parent/Student link available from the school’s home page. The first time a warning appears requesting you to enter the login information.

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Warning Dialog
  1. Click OK. My Hall Pass appears requesting the PowerSchool information.
  2. Type your Username that you use to access PowerSchool.
  3. Type your Password that you use to access PowerSchool.
  4. Click Save. My Hall Pass will save the information.
  5. Click on the link from the home page again to start the PowerSchool application. The system will launch PowerSchool in a new tab.

The next time you need to access PowerSchool, you will be able to just click the link to automatically launch the application.

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