Covid-19 staff and pupil absences: what the data says

The latest in a series of weekly coronavirus data updates shows changes in school attendance by both staff and pupils
30th October 2020, 3:56pm

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Covid-19 staff and pupil absences: what the data says

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Coronavirus: What The Data Says About School Staff & Pupil Absences In Scotland

The Covid-19 Education Recovery Group's latest weekly infographic on data relating to children and young people in Scottish schools has been published.

Here are some of the key figures that the update includes about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland:

2,566 Children and young people aged 2 to 17 in Scotland have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak, as of Sunday 18 October (in the first weekly update, up to Sunday 20 September, the figure was 704).

593 Children and young people aged 2 to 17 tested positive for Covid-19, among the 5,036 children and young people who were tested in the week ending 18 October (in the first weekly update, up to Sunday 20 September, 121 out of 5,201 tested positive).

92.7% The attendance rate in local authority schools on Tuesday 27 October (4.8 per cent of absences were for reasons not related to Covid-19, and 2.5 per cent were for Covid-19-related reasons). The lowest rate recorded since the summer was 84.2 per cent on 28 August.

17,735 Pupils were not in school either all or part of the day because of Covid-19 related reasons, down from a high of 25,022 on 26 August.

2,021 Staff were absent as a result of Covid-19-related reasons, of which 1,197 were teaching staff and 824 were other school-based staff. For comparison, when Tes Scotland reported last month on the equivalent data for 22 September, 1,596 were absent for the same reasons.

77,617 Children were attending a childcare setting, while 1,840 had a Covid-19-related absence from childcare (it was 992 out of 72,681 on 22 September)

718 (3.8 per cent) Childcare staff were absent as a result of Covid-19-related reasons (based on a 50 per cent response rate); on 22 September, this figure was 356 (2 per cent), based on a 48 per cent response rate.

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