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Question ref. S6W-05825
Asked by: Katy Clark, West Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 20 January 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to publish the methodology supplied to local authorities regarding carbon dioxide monitoring in schools.

Current status: Answered by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 27 January 2022


Answer

The Scottish Government’s guidance on reducing risks in schools, which is published on the Scottish Government website, sets out the advice that local authorities should have regard to when undertaking CO2 monitoring in schools. This includes guidelines as to the actions that should be considered when CO2 readings are at certain levels.

The Scottish Government has not supplied local authorities with a detailed methodology on the use of specific models of CO2 monitors in schools. This is because, drawing on £10m of Scottish Government funding, a variety of fixed and mobile CO2 monitors have been procured by local authorities for deployment to their schools, in order to support local strategies and enable rapid procurement and assessment. Our guidance makes clear that relevant local authority teams should provide clear advice on the appropriate use of CO2 monitors in their schools.