Dear Parents and Carers
Please use this section for instructions, info and advice on Primary and Secondary remote learning. These pages will be updated regularly with the same current information also added on Facebook.
Scottish Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network
Resources for schools: Pupils During these times of self-isolation, disrupted routines and social distancing, it is more important than ever to take care of your mental health and wellbeing. There is so much advice out there, which can be overwhelming, so we have put together a few tips and resources to help you by putting everything in one place.
Online Safety Webinar
Following on from our last parent 'Online Safety' session held in September, Moffat Academy and NSPCC Scotland would like to invite you to a webinar about keeping kids safe online. I know many parents wanted an evening session, and as the current situation means we cannot do so at the moment, this is the next best thing. With children spending more time on the internet than ever this webinar will look at what children are doing online, what the risks are and what parents can do to help keep them safe. You will need access to a device with sound. A laptop or large screen tablet would be better if possible in order to read text clearer, but a phone would still be sufficient to hear what is being said. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!
The webinar is booked for:
Date: Wednesday 22nd April
Start time: 18:00
Running time: 30 mins
Participants are required to register in advance for the webinar using the following link:
Once registered, participants will receive an agenda and details of how to join the webinar.
Thank you, Stay Safe, Mrs Candlish
Scams Advice During Coronavirus Period
Please be aware not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage of this unusual situation at the present time.
Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online.
Stay safe and follow all government and NHS guidelines.
Be Aware of people offering or selling:
Virus testing kits
Vaccines or miracle cures - there is currently no vaccine or cure.
Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products.
Shopping or medication collection services.
Home cleaning services
Protect yourself and others:
Don't be rushed into making a decision. If it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
Don't assume everyone is genuine. It's okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush and panic you.
If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.
For advice on scams call Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000
To report a scam call Police Scotland on 101
Contact your bank immediately if you think you have been scammed.
Message Sent By
Mark Armstrong (NHWN, Community Support Officer, NW Scotland)
Following Government advice, only the school email (firstname.lastname@example.org) will now be manned each day. Please see the 'Contacts' tab above for list of other useful contacts.
D&G Council update for schools and free school meals on Monday 23rd
“Arrangements for Schools
Closing schools and nursery settings is an important part of our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.
From Monday 23rd March, what we deliver within our school buildings is changing to support our communities – while pupils and teachers are working in different ways, school buildings will be open to provide childcare (From Primary 1 to S6) for those providing critical services in response to COVID-19.
The Government has asked us to keep the opening of physical settings to the minimum so we are asking you to help usin ensuring those attending are those that truly need it in order to support the local and national response to COVID-19.
We will have all 16 Secondary Schools buildings across our region open from 9am – 3pm to provide childcare (From Primary 1 to S6) to those whose parents absolutely have to go to work to respond to COVID-19 and cannot use one of the providers listed on our website
A meal service will be available for all children and young people attending. In addition Free School Meals will be provided from all secondary schools from 12.30pm-2pm.
The Scottish Government has designated those who are eligible to access services at our schools. However we are working with local employer stakeholders to ensure that any staff who work in critical businesses in our local communities are included.
We will publish over the next few days a clear list of critical local staff in addition to the current Scottish Government list.
You can see the current national list of who is eligible to access services by visiting: https://www.gov.scot/…/coronavirus---school-and-elc-closur…/
It is important to remember that this is part of the effort to reduce social contact and we would ask you to help us to ensure this service is only used by those who need it.
Young People who are self-isolating or who have underlying medical conditions should not attend.
As you will appreciate this is a really unique situation, it has also affected a number of our Council staff and their families and some of our staff will have the same childcare challenges.
The arrangements being put in place on Monday are temporary until Wednesday to give us time to redeploy our resources in order that we can have a wider service from Thursday including some of our Primary Schools and we ask for your patience as we make these arrangements.
We are committed to ensuring that no child or young person will go hungry. If you need help with food provision you can contact us discreetly by emailing SkillsEducationandLearningCOVID19@dumgal.gov.uk and we will make arrangements to ensure we can provide you with food.
We thank everyone for their support and understanding as we all work together in our communities to support each other.