Covid Testing for Pupils

More than 75 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed among pupils and teachers in Scottish schools less than two weeks after they were reopened.

As schools went back, testing ramped up. Nearly 17,500 children were tested for coronavirus across Scotland over the past week alone – but only 49 were positive, a return of just 0.3%.

Dr Josephine Pravinkumar, NHS Lanarkshire consultant in public health medicine, said: ‘We are aware that there will be concern among both children and their parents at this time.

‘We would like to reassure the local community there is currently no evidence of transmission in schools or nurseries and that appropriate measures are being implemented.

‘Individuals should stay off nursery, school or work and get tested if they or their close contacts experience any Covid-19 symptoms, such as a cough, fever or loss of taste or smell, even if they are mild.”

With school only back for a fortnight, it would appear such small localised outbreaks are fairly common. Unfortunately, High Blantyre Primary has been in the news in recent days with 3 cases (2 pupils and a staff member). Pupils in 2 classes across P3 and P4 have been tested this week and await test results tomorrow. Of course, we won’t be reporting on individual case results to respect the privacy of all families.

Parents awaiting test results for their children will be contacted directly by NHS Lanarkshire. The school keeping in contact via the school app. We wish everybody well and hope for a positive outcome where the school can hopefully welcome ALL pupils back safe and well very soon.

Which schools have confirmed Covid-19 cases in Scotland? 


 Kingspark School, Dundee: 31

St Peter and Pauls School, Dundee: 1

Happy Times, Downfield School: 1

Grove Academy, Dundee: 1

Newhill Primary, Blairgowrie: 1

Oakbank Primary, Perth: 1


Ace Place Nursery, Rutherglen: 1

St Margaret’s, Airdrie: 1

 Uddingston Grammar: 1

Stepps Primary School: 1

St Ambrose High, Coatsbridge: 4

St Andrew’s High, Coatsbridge: 1

Calverdale High, Airdrie: 1 

 High Blantyre Primary: 3

Greater Glasgow and Clyde 

Bannerman High School: Unknown

St Albert’s Primary School: 1

Todholm Primary School, Paisley: 1

Wallace Primary School, Elderslie: 1 

St James’ Primary, Renfrew: 1

Castlehead High School, Paisley: 1

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