This page is designed to provide a single gateway to information of help to parents.
At all times the school acts on the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland. While we endeavour to point parents to the latest guidance, the school can only refer you to information made available to it and cannot offer medical advice.
Scottish Government has published a summary of the scientific evidence relating to the reopening of schools. You can read this here. A summary of key points set out below.
There is ongoing discussion of the way in which COVID-19 directly affects children, and the role they play in its transmission both to other children and more widely in society. Children need to be considered not as a single, homogeneous group but should be differentiated by age (as a minimum). The behaviour of children under the age of 5 will differ significantly from that of young adults, as will their experienced impacts of interventions and clinical response to COVID-19. The current agreed position on the evidence is that it is generally less well developed than for adults. However, at the time of writing the position can be summarised as follows:
- Younger children may be less susceptible to infection from COVID-19 than adults. However, the underlying evidence on this is not strong. There is insufficient evidence to determine whether older children have differing susceptibility to infection from adults. Data suggests positivity rate of tests for COVID-19 carried out in children has been far lower than for other age groups
Less than 1% of positive tests in Scotland are accounted for by people aged under 15.
- There is a growing amount of evidence that the susceptibility to clinical disease of younger children is lower than for adults. As with susceptibility to infection, there is not enough evidence yet to determine whether susceptibility to disease is different in older children to adults.
- There is generally good evidence that the severity of disease in children is lower than in adults. The latest NRS data shows that, up to 17 May 2020, there have been no COVID-19 deaths registered amongst people aged under 15 in Scotland.
- There is no evidence to suggest that children transmit the virus any more than adults. Some studies suggest younger children may transmit less, but this evidence is inconclusive.
International evidence, where it exists, indicates children are less likely to contract COVID-19 and symptoms tend to be milder. However, individual studies often conclude differently with some showing lower rates of infection and others suggesting similar rates to adults. As evidence develops in this area – perhaps aided by the partial reopening of schools and other education settings in the UK and elsewhere – we may be able to alter the pace at which we change the approach to schools and childcare.
There has been reference to emerging international evidence that small numbers of children have developed paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMSTS). Both the Scottish Advisory Group and SAGE agreed that further information is needed and to monitor the evidence base as it develops.