Google Classroom:   Parent Summaries

When you invite parents, they can’t get into Classroom. Instead, guardians get an email summary of their student’s work, which contains information about missing work, upcoming work, and class activity  You could advise students to share their work with their parents as a homework task as a way for them to see the work. 

About guardian email summaries

When guardians join Classroom, they receive regular, automatic email summaries for each of their students. Guardians choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.

Guardian email summaries include:

  • Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
  • Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
  • Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers

By default, email summaries for your classes are turned off. Learn how to turn on and manage guardian email summaries for your class. Guardians can’t access Classroom or view your class stream. 

Turn on Guardian Summaries for your class

  1. Go to
  2. Click the class and then Settings .

Click Settings

  1. If guardian summaries aren’t turned on, click Turn on  and thenAdd Class.

Click Guardian summaries

Click Add Class

  1. (Optional) To turn off guardian summaries, click Turn off .

Invite a guardian:

Your school administrator chooses who—verified teachers or administrators—has permission to invite and remove guardians. Only one person needs to invite the guardian. When a guardian accepts the invitation, the guardian’s email is linked to the student in all of their classes. All verified teachers and administrators can see the student’s guardian.

If you can’t invite or remove a guardian, contact your administrator for help. 

  1. Go to
  2. Click the class.
  3. At the top, click People.

Click People

  1. Next to a student’s name, click Invite guardians.

Invite guardians

  1. Enter a guardian’s email address.

To invite multiple guardians, insert a comma between the email addresses.

  1. Click Invite.

If the guardian hasn’t accepted an invitation, you’ll see “(invited)” next to the guardian's email address. After a guardian accepts the invitation, you and their student receives a confirmation email. And, the guardian’s name shows next to the student’s name. For privacy, students don’t see the names of other students’ guardians.