Update School closed for Years 8-9 from Wednesday

17th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the letter sent to all parents yesterday, I am writing to advise you that, as anticipated, we are currently experiencing a high number of staff absences due to the current Covid-19 situation.

Unfortunately, it has therefore become necessary to implement the Reduced Service Event (RSE), as explained in yesterday’s communication.

To this end, I am asking all parents/carers of Year 8 and Year 9 children only to keep their child/ren at home from tomorrow until further notice. I am sorry for any inconvenience or worry that this may cause, however, our first priority must be the safety of our whole school community.

To enable your son/daughter to access Google classrooms to continue their learning from home, please take the following steps. Students have been shown how to access this platform in the school and therefore have logged on successfully to this platform.

Enter in to the browser

Click on the tab 'Sign in'

Enter your school email (year joined followed by first initial of first name and full second name @ eg:

Enter a password. The password will be the same password students use to login to the school computers.

Once logged in, look to the top right of the page and you will see 9 dots next to the

Ormiston Rivers Academy logo and click on the 9 dots

A selection of Google Apps are now displayed, please click on the Classroom App

You will see a collection of classrooms on the screen. Click on the classroom that is appropriate to the student’s year group (7,8,9,10,11 and 12,13).

A classroom feed will open up, this is where all the students’ work will be displayed. The students will be able to download any school material for work at home and upload work if needed.

They may need to scroll down to find the specific teacher’s set work

For those who have not yet joined a classroom please follow these steps:

Complete steps 1-7 from previous points

Once in the classroom, look to the right hand side of the page and click on the PLUS sign and click on join a classroom

A prompt will ask you for a code, please put the code that relates to the student’s year group as follows:

Year 11: jfjtdsj

Year 10: 3q7mwa2

Year 9: gxub5ul

Year 8: cblxdmv

Year 7: vlrzy4i

Year 12 and 13: 4hkbjzs

If you cannot access this platform please contact Mark Crawford our IT Network Manager who will be able to support you via the phone or email.

A survey has been shared to find out if you have computer/internet access, if you do not please contact the SSA team and we can post work booklets home if needed. The Student Support Team are and

We will continue to update you regularly via our usual channels of communication.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Emma Baker


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