More than 30,000 pupils absent as a result of Covid-19

New data shows trends of coronavirus-related absences of staff and pupils in Scottish schools

Emma Seith

More than 30,000 pupils absent as a result of Covid-19

Covid-19 data released by the Scottish government this week shows:

Pupils not in school for Covid-19-related reasons on Tuesday 17 November – the highest figure recorded on any day since the schools went back after the summer holidays, barring 10 November when the number of pupils off as a result of coronavirus hit a high of 31,276.

Pupils who were not in school because they were self-isolating on 17 November; 714 were not in school as a result Covid-19-related sickness.

Staff who were absent as a result of Covid-19-related reasons on 17 November, of which 1,615 were teaching staff and 1,030 were other school-based staff; for comparison, on 13 October, 1,747 school staff were absent for the same reasons.

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The attendance rate in local authority schools that day (6.5 per cent of absences were for reasons not related to Covid-19, and 4.4 per cent were for Covid-19-related reasons). The lowest rate recorded since the summer was 84.2 per cent on 28 August.

The attendance rate in primary schools on 17 November.

The attendance rate in secondary schools on 17 November.

The attendance rate in special schools on 17 November.

The attendance rate for pupils in 20 per cent most-deprived areas of Scotland – against 93 per cent in the least-deprived areas – on 17 November.

Childcare services closed for a Covid-19-related reason on 17 November; 89 were at risk of closing.

The Scottish government's Covid-19 Education Recovery Group publishes weekly infographics on data relating to school pupils and staff. The latest update was published today.

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Emma Seith

Emma Seith

Emma Seith is a reporter for Tes Scotland

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