Health advice issued as exams return

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Exams are taking place again in Scotland’s schools for the first time since 2019 – but Covid uncertainty remains for pupils and families.

Public health guidance has now been issued relating to the exam period and what students should do if they feel unwell.

The Scottish Government’s guidance up to and including 30 April asks people to self-isolate if they have Covid symptoms and to book a PCR test. But this advice is set to change from Sunday, 1 May.

As set out on the Public Health Scotland website, the new guidance – which will be published by NHS Inform – will broadly align with the UKHSA ‘Stay at Home’ advice that asks children and young people to stay at home if they have a high temperature and feel unwell.

If a pupil cannot attend an exam for any reason, it is vital to contact the school/college for advice on the next steps. 

More information can be found at ‘Your Exams 2022’ on the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) website.

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