Coronavirus Update

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Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.

As of today (Friday October 23): 

Residents are being asked to pay their respects at home this year for Remembrance Sunday, in order to adhere to the national guidance to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Dundee’s familiar Remembrance Sunday parade and Festival of Remembrance concert will be unable to take place due to the safety measures in place to protect individuals from the virus.

In order to mark the commemorations, the Lord Provost will be joined by a single representative from the Navy, Army and Air Force to hold a Laying of Crosses service, a Minute’s silence and wreath laying service on Remembrance Sunday with members of the public unable to attend.

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: “It is sad to learn that the Festival of Remembrance concert and traditional parade will not take place this year.

“I know residents will still take the time to pay their tributes from home and honour all those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and not let them be forgotten.”

CEO for Legion Scotland, Dr Claire Armstrong said: “It has been incredibly disappointing this year not to be able to continue with our normal calendar of events at both a national and local level and we know the Committee will not have taken the decision to cancel the Dundee Festival lightly. 

“In lieu of fundraising on the night and donations from tickets sales towards the Poppy Appeal, I would like to encourage all those who support and follow the Dundee Festival to donate to the 2020 Poppy Appeal through the range of virtual options which have been set up by PoppyScotland.”

The restricted Laying of Crosses ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance will take place on Saturday 31st October.

A Minute’s silence and wreath laying service will also take place on Sunday 8th November.

Elsewhere, the efforts of Dundee secondary and primary schools to provide free period products for pupils will be outlined to the children and families services committee on Monday October 26. 

A report will highlight that as schools and council buildings were shut in spring as a response to the coronavirus crisis, a partnership between the council and Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action established an online ordering system which provided a home delivery service of period products.  

A dedicated email address and phone number were established to enable ordering and delivery of period products to residents by volunteers within a week.  Since the service has been established, a total of 350 deliveries have been made.

The committee will hear that these successful partnerships will continue to shape the school and community delivery models of free access to period products in the city. 

Depute committee convener Councillor Roisin Smith said: “I am pleased at the rate of progress that has been made across Dundee and proud of the role that young people have played.     

“This is an important step in making Dundee a better and fairer city.

Meanwhile, details of more than £10 million of funding over the next two years to help reduce the poverty-related attainment gap in schools across Dundee will be outlined to the children and families services committee.

An update on the use of Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) will explain that for the current financial year £5.069 million of additional spend has been made available in the city through the Scottish Government, with a further a further £5.286 million for 2021/22. 

Closure of schools because of coronavirus has seen PEF used to enhance access to digital learning including the purchase of tablets and laptops for home use, as well as additional professional development to support staff to provide digital learning.

The committee, on Monday October 26, will hear that additional family workers have been funded to engage and involve parents and carers in their children’s learning and improve family learning opportunities.

Much of this activity takes place after school and during holidays and includes providing food for families. This work was seen to be invaluable during the recent lockdown, where children were not accessing schools for food and learning.

Committee convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “Schools have been targeting considerable resources from the Scottish Government into a range of imaginative and innovative projects which are really making a difference to the lives of young people.

“There are many extra challenges that have been posed by the coronavirus crisis and PEF has helped as schools have responded to changing circumstances.”

The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.

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