To accommodate various instruction methods, including remote and in-class learning, we provided 2 ways to use Epic this school year.
- During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm local time M-F, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators.
- After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm local time, M-F, for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address during the sign-up -- no credit card is required.
So how can educators invite students and families to read on Epic?
We made it easy for you this year so that you can send automatic emails or print out a flyer that explains exactly how parents can help kids log in to both Epic School and Epic Free. Please follow the steps below!
Step 1: Log into your educator account on your laptop, desktop or tablet. Be sure to log in using a web browser, since inviting families isn't currently supported on mobile or through the app. If you already have an account with Epic, go to www.getepic.com/educators and click on 'Log In'. If you're new to Epic School, create a new free account by clicking on the 'Join Epic School' button.
Step 2: From your dashboard, click on 'Invite Families' under ‘2 Ways to Give Students Free Access to Epic!’ section.
Step 3: You will then be prompted to invite families to Epic (see below) via 3 ways: sending an email, printing a flyer or sending a text message through Remind or Class Dojo. Pick your preferred format!
Step 4:To send instructions via email, click on <Add Email>, then enter your students' parent emails. Once you click on <Send Email>, parents will receive an email invitation, asking them to connect to your class. They will also receive instructions on how to sign-up for Epic Free.
Once a parent accepts your invitation to connect to class, you will see the word 'Enabled!' underneath the Parent Connect Status column on your roster (see below). This means that the parent has accepted your invitation to connect. If the parent has also unlocked Epic Free using their email address, this student (showing as 'Enabled!' below) will be able to transition from Epic School to Epic Free in-app. Depending on the time of day, the student will be taken to the appropriate experience.
In addition, parents will see “Connected to: Mr./Ms. _________’s classroom” in their Parent Dashboard. This way, both you and the parents know that the student is connected successfully to your class.
What happens if a parent has not unlocked Epic Free for a student?
Until a parent signs up once using their email address, students will see the blocker below after-school or after 4pm local time. Here, parents must click on ‘Continue’.
After clicking on ‘Continue’, parents will have to enter their email address in the screen below.
That’s it! Now the student has access to Epic Free.
How should kids and parents log in to Epic Free (for after-school reading) once they have set up an account and connected to your class?
Once parents have successfully created an account and connected to your class, students can simply log in using their class code to access:
- Epic School from 7am - 4pm local time, Monday through Friday and
- Epic Free after 4pm local time, Monday through Friday, and on weekends.
Important: If, at any point, the parent or child logs out of their account, the parent will need to log in again in order for the child to use Epic Free. Epic School can still be accessed using the class code; however, the parent needs to ensure that the account is always logged in to allow the student to easily transition from Epic School to Epic Free after 4 pm.
Will student badges/achievements be retained when the classroom switches to Epic Free?
Yes, past progress and reading history will still be a part of the student’s profile.
Can I assign books for students to read after-school through Epic Free?
Absolutely! When you're assigning books to your students, please ensure that your After School filter is set to 'Yes' (see below). This way, you will only select books from the Epic Free library, which more limited than the Epic School library.
More about Epic Free: Why the 2 hour limit?
2 hours of weekly reading supports the recommended daily reading habit of 20 minutes a day for 6 days a week (and one day of rest!). We did our best to offer as many free books as possible while observing the restrictions of our licensing agreements with publishers.
How long will my students have access to Epic Free?
Epic Free will be available for the foreseeable future. Also, we’re committed to keeping Epic FREE for educators in their classrooms through Epic School, and it’ll continue to be free when schools fully reopen. Until June, 2021, students will be able to log in to Epic School from anywhere using their class code - from 7 am to 4 pm local time, Monday through Friday.
What content is included in the Epic Free library? How is the content on Epic Free different from the Epic School library they access during school?
Epic Free includes:
- 2 hours of weekly free reading per student (timer resets every Monday)
- A limited selection of high-quality educational books, both fiction and nonfiction (including Read-To-Me books)
Epic Free will NOT include:
- Some of the books available in the Epic School Library (both fiction and nonfiction)
- Learning videos
What if my students want to access Epic’s full library?
Epic Unlimited empowers kids with unlimited access to all 40,000 of Epic’s books—plus unlimited reading time— for $9.99 USD/month or just $5.99 USD/month ($71.99 USD/year) if you subscribe to the annual plan. This includes access to all of Epic’s books, audiobooks, learning videos and more from over 250 leading publishers, such as HarperCollins, Macmillan, Sesame Street, National Geographic Kids and Smithsonian.
What devices can be used to access Epic Free?
Epic is available on any web browser (on a laptop or desktop computer), or the Epic app on any iOS or Android device. (Be sure parents update their app for the latest version.)
What happens when I archive my roster? Will my students still be able to access Epic Free?
As long as students are logging in with a Parent account by going to www.getepic.com/sign-in and entering the same parent email and password that was used to set up the account, they will be able to access Epic Free even if you archive the student on your roster.
Can my school purchase subscriptions in bulk for all of our students’ families?
We currently do not offer an option for school purchases of bulk home subscriptions for students. However, we thank you for your support in keeping kids reading at home.
We can say with certainty that we are committed to keeping learning on Epic FREE to educators to use in their classrooms - whether learning remains remote or in-person - when students return to school. Epic Free also enables students to keep reading after hours from anywhere, at no cost to parents.