Covid-positive schools won't close automatically

Schools in Scotland, which are due to re-open 11 August, will not automatically close if a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, the deputy first minister John Swinney has said. Instead the 'test and protect' tracing system would kick in.

Speaking on the BBC's Good Morning Scotland, Swinney said: "If a pupil tests positive, then the test and protect system would move in immediately and take proportionate measures in consultation with the school, and the active collaboration of the local authority, and try to break the chain of transmission."

In addition to the test and protect system, a surveillance programme is being developed for schools, where regular testing and survey data will identify symptoms and infections in the school population. This will allow regular reporting on incidences of infection and inform the ongoing development of guidance for schools.

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