Overview of enhanced surveillance of COVID-19 in education settings

Public Health Scotland (PHS) are using information from a range of sources to improve our understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting people in educational settings. This includes looking at the effects of COVID-19 on children, young people and the education workforce.

We have begun publishing the results of our surveillance.

View the key findings to date

Key findings - December 2020

The key findings from our surveillance are:

  • Teachers are not at increased risk of being hospitalised for COVID-19 compared to the population as a whole
  • Teachers have a lower risk of having severe COVID-19 compared to the population as a whole
  • people working in educational settings have similar levels of antibodies to the COVID-19 virus in their blood compared to the adult population as a whole
  • overall, where there are differences in geographical areas, person characteristics or job types, these can be largely explained by known patterns of infections and risk
  • currently, around 620 children aged 2-17 years are diagnosed with COVID each week in Scotland – a rate of 70 per 100,000 children
  • at the peak of wave two, around 11% of schools had one or more children diagnosed with COVID each week (around a third of secondary schools and one in 12 primary schools)
  • children diagnosed with COVID continue to be in areas with higher community prevalence, and intelligence from local investigations of school cases continue to indicate that transmission is occurring predominantly outside of school, in social and household settings
Last updated: 26 April 2021