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

New national coronavirus data shows changes in school attendance, Covid-19 testing levels and number of positive tests

Henry Hepburn

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

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

Here are some of the key figures that the 24 September update includes about the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland:

704 Children and young people aged 2-17 years in Scotland who have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak, as at Sunday 20 September

121 Children and young people aged 2-17 years who tested positive for Covid-19, among the 5,201 children and young people who were tested in the week ending 20 September; for comparison, a total of 7,067 tests were carried out on this age group in the week ending Sunday 13 September, down from 16,826 tests the week before

93.1% Attendance in local authority schools on Monday 22 September (5.4 per cent of absences for reasons not related to Covid-19, 1.5 per cent for Covid-19-related reasons); the lowest rate recorded since the summer was 84.2 per cent on 28 August

10,560 Pupils 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

1,596 Staff were absent as a result of Covid-19 related reasons, of which 1,001 were teaching staff and 595 were other school-based staff; for comparison, on Tuesday 15 September 1,441 school staff were absent for the same reasons

72,681 Children were attending a childcare setting, while 992 had a Covid-19 related absence from childcare

356 (2%) Childcare staff absent as a result of Covid-19 related reasons (based on a 48 per cent response rate).

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Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn is the news editor for Tes Scotland

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