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Childcare for Key Workers

Information on childcare for Key Workers will be sent out via council Website & Social Media channels.  This care will not start until Thursday 26th March

Pupil Letter 20.3.20

Letter 20.3.20

Remote Learning

We have created a 'Remote Learning' tab on our website with up to date information, contacts and help pages. We hope you will find this useful and we will add information to it when it becomes available.

3pm, 19/3/20

On behalf of Gillian Brydson, Director of Skills, Education & Learning:

Deputy First Minister statement today has confirmed that the exam diet for 2020 has been cancelled. More detailed information to follow tomorrow.

Message To Parents From Director Skills, Education and Learning

Dear Parents

Covid19 Pandemic

I wanted to write to all families to confirm the message from the First Minister earlier this afternoon that schools and nurseries across Scotland will close from the end of the school day on Friday. I will provide more detail on how we plan to support you and your family during this very difficult time as soon as this information becomes available.

We will send all information directly to Headteachers and will ensure that all Council communication channels (Website, Facebook and Twitter) are updated with the latest information for you.

If you are a worker within Health and Social Care or the Emergency Services, or if you have a senior phase pupil preparing for exams, targeted information will follow.

We ask that you continue to remain in contact with your school and your Headteacher if you have any concerns at all. Thank you for your support as we work through this difficult time.

Yours sincerely

Dr Gillian Brydson

Director Skills, Education and Learning

Dumfries and Galloway Council

*Instrumental Music Service*

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, a decision has been made to cancel ALL Instrumental Music Service (IMS) lessons with immediate effect for the foreseeable future.

*Canteen Availability*

Due to staff shortages the canteen will only be serving soup and sandwiches for the rest of the week. Sorry for any inconvenience.

*On behalf of Speech and Language Services*

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been informed today that all Speech and Language Therapy drop in sessions, appointments, meetings, non urgent home visits, and school / nursery visits are now cancelled to delay the spread of Corona Virus. At the moment we have no information for how long this will last but will contact you as soon normal service can resume.

To continue to offer support to families we will offer the following:

- families who were planning to attend the drop in clinics can call us on the office telephone number below for a consultation at the time the drop in was to take place.

- families can contact us on the Advice Line on Wednesday afternoons 2-4pm on 01387 220013

- families and staff can email our Advice line on anytime

- families can continue to book a slot at a future Communication Problem Solving sessions - the contact details are on the fliers and this will involve telephone contacts

- for families who have already booked into Communication Problem Solving sessions we will aim to complete the appointment by telephone or video link where possible. We will contact the families to arrange this.

Many thanks, stay safe and we hope to see you very soon!

Eilidh Ross,
Locality Co-ordinator SLT Service - Annandale and Eskdale

*On behalf of D & G Sexual Health*

Please can we ask you help us spread the word asking people to phone us rather than attending any of our drop-ins.

Restrictions have been put in place at Sexual Health D&G clinics due to the coronavirus.

People are being asked not to come to the department unless they have an appointment.

Please phone Sexual Health on 03457023687 (08.30 till 16.30 Monday to Friday) with any queries or if you wish to be seen.

*Extra Curricular Clubs Update*

All school clubs are postponed until further notice with the exception of study classes which are still running.

*Active Schools Update*

The following extracurricular activities have been cancelled for the time being.

Lunchtime Rugby
Run Jump and Throw
Netball after school on Mondays
Thursday morning Multi-Sport

Nursery Activities Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have made the decision to cancel Stay & Play, Tots On Tuesday and Tea and Toast until further notice.

We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and help.


After School Bowling in Moffat Academy is running every Thursday FREE of charge. Beechgrove Bowling Club has the largest junior bowling section of all clubs in Dumfries and Galloway and their volunteers are enthusiastic to offer the sport to more young people. Join them at their weekly sessions which will be moving to the assembly hall every Thursday. Children of primary school age can attend form 3.00pm – 4.00pm with secondary school children welcome from 3.30pm – 4.45pm

A reminder that pupils should not return to school until 48 hours after they have had a sickness or diarrhoea bug. Thank you


Just a reminder to all Primary parents/carers to please not send your child to school with nuts for a snack. Thank you

Tesco Uniform

As of 9th July Tesco Direct website will be closing - they will continue to offer the Uniform embroidery service at but may now take up to 5 days to deliver any items ordered.