Can I pause a course.
In case of extenuating circumstances can we just press pause or freeze in some way -and then restart at a later date?
There is not a pause button.
The closest I can think of would be to go into the course settings and change the availability dates. You could move the start of the class to some point in the future or set the end of the course to now and then later change both of them. Be sure that you're only allowing students to access the course between those dates.
Some institutions may have those dates locked so that instructors cannot change them and, if so, it may take a Canvas admin to make the change.
If a course has anything with dates in it, then you will likely need to adjust those once the class reopens. That can be done manually, although if there are a lot of assignments then you can use Adjust All Assignment Dates on One Page. It does not change dates on announcements or files, though.
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