The IT CENTRE in Castle Douglas has been doing projects to help people/families have access to computers and other devices through the pandemic.  It is a charitable organisation. Their new project is to gather unwanted iphones, smart phones, tablets etc to be able to give/lend them to people who cannot afford to have the latest digital tools.  They need to be no older than five years. 

The devices can be handed in to the IT Centre.  Just buzz the buzzer at the door downstairs and the IT people will come down to speak to you.  The centre in Cotton Street is open Mon, Tues, Wed from 9 to 5 to normally.  Their email is

learnit@castle-douglas.co.uk

Any help you can give with devices will be gratefully received.

Here's an update from Dumfries & Galloway Council about keeping children safe when using the Internet.

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During lockdown many children have been online for longer, and more have been at risk of online abuse. Be curious and talk to your children and young people about what they are doing online. If you have concerns call social work on 030 33 33 3001 or Police Scotland on 101, if there is immediate danger call Police Scotland on 999. Remember it is always better to do something than do nothing!

Visit https://www.childprotection.scot/stay-safe-online

#keepingKidsSafeOnline | #becurious | #chatBeNosy #keepYourKidsSafeFromOnlineAbuse | #CSEthesigns

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Latest information for parents and pupils
on phase 2 return of schools from
15 March 2021

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

All pupils will return to school from 15 March.

School transport will be available as normal at the start and the end of the school day.
School meals will be available.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

From 15 March secondary pupils will return to school on a part-time basis. 

This will mean:

  1. S1 to S3 pupils will attend one-day in-school learning per week.
  2. S4 to S6 pupils will attend at least one-day in-school learning per week.
  3. S4 to S6 pupils, who require to do so, will still be able to complete practical work throughout the week, in the day(s) that they are currently attending school.

School transport will be available as normal at the start and the end of the school day and school meals will be available at lunchtime.

The days that pupils are not attending school will continue to be supported by remote learning, which continues to be the main focus on learning and teaching.

As the days for each year group attending school differs school by school, further details will be provided as soon as we are able.

These arrangements are until the end of term on 26 March. 

On 12 April, that’s after the Easter holidays, it’s expected that all pupils will return to school as normal.

Topic: Borgue Community Council Business Meeting on Zoom

Time: Tues Mar 16, 2021 19:00

To join the BCC meeting, please click on the link below just before 19.00 on Tuesday; you will be placed in a waiting room and  admitted to the meeting when it is ready to start.

If you haven't used Zoom before:

For Vision - If you don't have vision, click the 'start video' button (usually bottom left of your screen on PC or laptop, or top fo screen on tablet) once in the meeting. If you don't use video, you'll still be able to see /hear the meeting.

For Sound - Other than the Chair, everyone entering the meeting will be placed on mute. Please stay muted until you have a question or have been asked to speak - unmute by clicking the microphone symbol (usually at the bottom left of your screen). We will also run Zoom's Chat function - click on 'Chat' and type your question into the box at the side of your screen, then select who you want to send it to - to everyone so they can see your question, or just to the organiser. We also have an AOB (Any Other Business) section at the end of the meeting so you can raise any issues not already covered.


To Join the Zoom Meeting click on
https://zoom.us/j/97057843945?pwd=clZTVmprWlZLQVk3REtwNXRmWXBrQT09

Meeting ID: 970 5784 3945
Passcode: 256868

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Police Report
  3. Minutes and Matters arising
  4. Secretary’s Report (circulated prior to meeting)
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Emergency Planning Update
  7. Update on the Culraven solar development
  8. Community Issues: Roads and Verges
    Unauthorised vehicular access in Senwick Wood
  9. Planning
  10. AOB

What is Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)?

In those early years, when little ones are learning all the time, Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) can make a huge difference to families with young children.

Here’s the really good bit - all 3 and 4 year olds, and around a quarter of 2 year olds, can get up to 1140 hours of childcare.

This is free to you, funded by the Scottish Government and local authorities. That works out at about 30 hours a week if you use it during school term-time, or around 22 hours a week if you use it year-round. You can access ELC at nurseries, childminders, or playgroups.

Click here for more information on the D&G Council web site.