COVID-19 Education Surveillance

This dataset presents information on COVID-19 in children and young people of educational age, education staff and educational settings. This includes:

• Testing and cases among children and young people of educational age.

• Hospital admissions related to COVID-19 among children and young people of educational age.

• Information from contact tracing on cases present in an educational setting in the 7-days before symptom onset, and on cases who work in education or childcare.

• Information about COVID-19 cases in registered school pupils.

This data is also available on the COVID-19 Education Surveillance Dashboard. Additional data sources relating to this topic area are provided in the Links section of the Metadata below.

All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 in Education settings section of the Public Health Scotland website.

From 11/06/2021 data completeness will be up to the previous Wednesday, so weekly data are aggregated from Thursday to Wednesday. Previously data covered periods from Saturday to Friday. This is due to NHS Boards submitting admission data from Monday to Friday and a three day lag for some boards by the time data is processed for COVID-19 hospital admission.

From 2nd of July, information on testing and admissions will be extended to include 20-21 years olds, and admissions will also include 18-19 year olds. From 13th of August, information on PCR testing and admissions has been extended to include 0-1 year olds.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source Testing & Cases: NHS Scotland Electronic Communication of Surveillance in Scotland (ECOSS). Hospital Admissions: RAPID (rapid and preliminary inpatient data). Contact Tracing: Test & Protect Case Management System, National Contact Tracing Centre, NHS National Services Scotland Schools: Child Health Systems Programme-School (CHSP-S) Database and ECOSS
Author Public Health Scotland
Version 1.0
Last Updated January 14, 2022, 09:30 (GMT)
Created March 29, 2021, 10:23 (BST)
Contact Address Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject COVID-19, Education
Frequency Weekly
Time frame of data and timeliness Weekly data extracted on Wednesday published on the following Friday. Weekly schools data extracted on Tuesday and published on the following Friday
Coverage Data covering all of Scotland.
Completeness Data includes any positive cases from NHS Laboratories or UK Government regional testing sites. RAPID data is routinely updated (currently daily during COVID-19) and therefore figures are subject to change as hospital records are updated. In can take 6-8 weeks or longer before a record is finalised, depending on the length of stay of the patient; this is especially true in regards to discharge information. Contact tracing figures will be updated in subsequent weeks to incorporate any additional contacts who had not had their tracing completed by the time the analysis was undertaken.
Accuracy The total number of people within Scotland who have, or have had COVID-19, since the coronavirus outbreak began is unknown. The number of confirmed cases is likely to be an underestimate of the total number who have, or have had, COVID-19. Testing and case data is monitored and published daily on the Scottish Government Coronavirus website (https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/). RAPID data has minimal validation as it has been primarily used to count the number of emergency admissions to hospital, so data quality must be taken in to account when using fields not related to admission information. Contact tracing figures are provisional and may change as the test and protect tool is updated by contact tracers. The CHSP-S database is a local tool used to support the delivery and monitoring of health checks and immunisations in school pupils in Scotland. In this analysis, it was used to determine the current school pupil population and their school of attendance. This database develops throughout the year, as information on pupils registered to schools is updated. The current extract likely underestimates P1 and S1 pupils, some of whom are still to be added to the database, and overestimates S5 and S6 pupils who may have left school, but have not yet been removed. This means that estimates provided for COVID-19 cases in school pupils will underestimate those in P1 and S1 pupils and overestimate those in S5 and S6 pupils. Data in this section comprise primary and secondary schools including state, grant-aided and independent schools. Data on special schools are not included to protect confidentiality.
Continuity of data Daily data is reported weekly. Testing & Cases data from February 2020, Hospital admissions data from March 2020, Contact tracing data from July 2020. From 11/06/2021 data completeness will be up to the previous Wednesday, so weekly data are aggregated from Thursday to Wednesday. Previously data covered periods from Saturday to Friday. This is due to NHS Boards submitting admission data from Monday to Friday and a three day lag for some boards by the time data is processed for COVID-19 hospital admission. From 2nd of July, information on testing and admissions will be extended to include 20-21 years olds, and admissions will also include 18-19 year olds. From 13th of August, information on PCR testing and admissions has been extended to include 0-1 year olds.
Concepts and definitions Positive cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed by PCR testing carried out through NHS Scotland laboratories and Regional Testing Centre (RTCs) as part of the UK Government testing programme. This includes tests done at the drive through centres, mobile units, and home testing kits. A person can have multiple tests but will only ever be counted once. Cases are reported using specimen date. Data do not include Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Tests. COVID-19 related admissions are identified according to the following criteria: an individual who has tested positive in the 14-days before being admitted to hospital, or during their stay in hospital. As admission is defined as a period of stay in a single hospital, therefore if a patient is transferred to another hospital, this is counted as a further admission. Since 28 May 2020, once an individual receives a positive result, a team of contact tracers will then gather details on individuals who have been in contact with the person who tested positive. The contact tracers will then proceed to contact these individuals and advise them to isolate. A case is generated by a positive test however an individual can have multiple tests, and all positive results are reported to the contact tracing system so that each result can be assessed by the contact tracer and followed up as required. In many cases, there is no follow up for a repeat positive test (because the person was already contact traced when their first positive result was reported). An individual is a unique person whom has had a positive test. An individual can have multiple positive tests which results in multiple cases within the test and protect system. In these figures, each person is only counted once.
Disclosure The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Control is followed.
Revision statement Data are reviewed and validated on a continuous basis and so may be subject to change. Note that there may be a time lag with some data for the most recent days and some of the above figures may change as more data is submitted.
Official statistics designation Management Information Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics The data are used to describe the current impact and the severity of COVID-19 in Scotland, and improve our understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting people in educational settings.
Format csv
Language English
Links

PHS Weekly COVID-19 Report

COVID-19 Wider Impact Dashboard

PHS daily COVID-19 data dashboard

PHS serology dashboard

Scottish Government's COVID19 - Schools and Childcare Information 2021 dashboard

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