Google Classroom added the ability to invite guardians over the past year, but there are some questions on how the process works. This Google Classroom How to invite parents article will hopefully help with that.

google classroom how to invite parents

Google Classroom How to invite parents

There are a couple of different ways to invite parents (guardians in Google parlance) to your classroom. Parents need to be invited only once. After they accept their invitation, their email address can be added as guardians to the same student  in other classrooms without having to be re-invitied.

In your Classroom, click on the students page. To the right of their name is an Invite Guardians link.

Invite Guardians

Clicking on it allows you to type in email addresses of guardians. Multiple email addresses can be added.


Google Accounts required

Guardians must have a Google Account with their invited email. This is not to be confused with a Gmail account. Parents can use whatever email service they currently have, they’ll use that address to sign up for a Google Account. If the guardian does not have a Google Account, they can use their current email address and create a Google Account without creating a Gmail account.


When a parent creates the account, it asks for their current email address. Only if they click the link I would like a new Gmail address would they get another email address in the form of a Gmail account.

Bulk import

Google also allows your Google Admin to bulk import guardian addresses with GAM. If you already collect parent emails through another method, your Google Admin can use that information to add guardian email addresses to students in your district.

The import file is a comma delimited file which lists the student’s email address and the guardian email address, separated by a comma:

[email protected],[email protected]
[email protected],[email protected]
[email protected],[email protected]

In the above example, two guardian emails are assigned to student1 and one guardian email is assigned to student2.



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