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Region 'leading the way' on home learning?

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

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When Scottish schools reopen in August, it is expected that most pupils will spend half their time learning at home.

The Scottish government has promised a major investment in laptops and tablets to ensure that can happen.

However, in the Borders every secondary school pupil has already been given an iPad through the council's £16m Inspire Learning scheme. Could this be the shape of things to come for the rest of the country?

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Council 'breaking new ground' in home learning

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

Home learning
Scottish Borders Council

The local authority in the Borders says more than 6,000 pupils now have iPads provided by the council as part of a project accelerated ahead of lockdown.

Chief executive Tracey Logan said it put the region's secondary students in a "unique position".

The council has also delivered hundreds of iPads to its primary teachers as part of the Inspire Learning programme.

Ms Logan said she looked forward to seeing it grow further to benefit more children in the area.

Number of Covid-19 cases in each area of Scotland

This is the number of confirmed cases to date in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 904, 43 in hospital (7 in intensive care)
  • Borders 286, 27 (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 255, * (*)
  • Fife 811, 82 (*)
  • Forth Valley 828, 27 (*)
  • Grampian 1050, 92 (10)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3449, 492 (29)
  • Highland 320, 9 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1660, 113 (7)
  • Lothian 2359, 200 (11)
  • Orkney 7 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1497, 41 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Council sees fly-tipping incidents rise sharply

Fly tipping
Scottish Borders Council

The local authority in Dumfries and Galloway said rubble, furniture, garden waste and oil drums had been found dumped during lockdown.

It is continuing to make weekly household waste collections and urged the public to use those.

In the neighbouring Scottish Borders the council said it had not seen any noticeable increase in fly-tipping.

It stressed the decision to close the region's recycling centres was under "constant review" and had been made in line with government guidance.

Borders care home coronavirus cases remain 'relatively small'

A coronavirus outbreak at a care home in the Borders is affecting a "relatively small" number of residents and staff.

Scottish Borders Council said it was "working closely" with NHS Borders to manage the situation at the Saltgreens site in Eyemouth.

There are 34 residents at the home where the outbreak was confirmed late last week.

The local authority said it had no recorded cases of Covid-19 in other care homes in the region at present.

Care home residents self-isolating due to virus outbreak

Residents at a care home in the Borders are self-isolating following an outbreak of Covid-19 towards the end of last week.

Scottish Borders Council said a "small number" of staff members as well as residents at the Saltgreens site in Eyemouth had tested positive.

Along with NHS Borders it said "stringent control measures" had been put in place to try to avoid any spread.

There are 34 residents living at Saltgreens - the exact number who have tested positive has not yet been released.

Extra hospital beds to provide 'significant help' in Borders

A hospital bed at the temporary NHS Louisa Jordan field hospital in Glasgow
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Extra hospital beds have been created at a nursing home in Hawick to ease the pressure on health services in the Borders.

The beds at Deanfield Care Home are for patients who are being assessed before they are moved into a care setting or back to their homes.

Tracey Logan, the chief executive of Scottish Borders Council, said the extra beds would be a "significant help" in maintaining capacity at Borders General Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The beds will be available from Monday on the top floor of the care home, and the new arrangements will not have any impact on the 17 current residents.

College turns its hand to printing 3D face shields for care workers

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Borders College is using its two 3D printers to help make the shields.

They produce the headbands before staff members Davie Lowe and Mark Catto apply acetate shields from their homes.

The shields will be distributed by Scottish Borders Council as part of a region-wide effort by several schools and Borders College to provide support during the coronavirus outbreak