Instructions on how to use Epic School (during school) and Epic Free (after school)

To accommodate various instruction methods, including remote and in-class learning, we provided 2 ways to use Epic during the school year:

  1. During school with Epic School: From 7 am to 4 pm local time M-F, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7 am to 4 pm, when school is in session. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day! Epic School is always free for our educators.
  2. After school with Epic Free: In addition to reading with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4 pm local time, M-F, for free on Epic Free. Epic Free gives students access to a limited library for up to 2 hours each week. To sign up for Epic Free, students will need their parents’ help to sign up and log in with a parent email address. No credit card is required.

How can educators invite students to read on Epic School? 

Educators can invite students to read on Epic School using the instructions located in the educator dashboard. Using the class code to access Epic School (whether in the classroom or remotely during distance learning) is permissible Monday - Friday, 7 am to 4 pm, local time on the days that school is in session.

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How can students and families access Epic Free when school is not in session? 

If a student logs in using their class code after 4 pm local time, students will see the message below, which asks them to “Ask a Grownup for Help”. Once a parent or grownup is available, they can click on ”Continue”.

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After clicking on ‘Continue’, parents will have to enter their email address in the screen below.

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That’s it! Now the student has access to Epic Free.

How should students log in to Epic Free (for after-school reading) once they have set up an account?

Once parents have successfully created an account, students can simply log in using their class code to access Epic Free after 4pm local time, Monday through Friday, and on weekends -- for up to 2 hours/week. 

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.

Is there a way for students to use Epic for free over summer, 2021? 

Yes, if summer school is in session, they can use Epic School for free using your class code when school is in session, from 7 am to 4 pm local time M-F. In addition, if your families have already signed up for Epic Free, they'll be able to sign in to Epic Free using a parent email and password here. They'll have 2 hours of free weekly access to a limited selection of books. New parents can sign up by following the prompt they see on their child’s Epic School account after 4pm. Please note that this prompt will only appear after 4 pm M-F. See instructions above.

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 is more limited than the Epic School library. 

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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.

Until when 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)
  • Audiobooks
  • Learning videos

What if my students want to access Epic’s full library?

Now through June 17, 2021, families can get access to the Epic Unlimited library - anytime, anywhere - for only USD $9.99 for 3 months. (That’s 3 months for the price of 1!) With Epic Unlimited, students can access Epic at any time and get instant access to 40,000+ books, including audiobooks and Read To Me’s, plus an Adventure Page with a Reading Buddy to make reading even more fun! You can share this summer special with families by logging in to your educator dashboard. 

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 memberships in bulk for all of our students’ families? 

We currently do not offer an option for school purchases of bulk home memberships 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.

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