ALMOST 1,600 school workers are absent due to Covid-19 as infections rocket across the country.
As concerns mount about a second wave of the pandemic, we can reveal staff including teachers, jannies and dinner ladies are bearing the brunt of the latest outbreaks.
It comes as coronavirus cases soared by 714 overnight in the biggest spike ever for the second day in a row.
A total of 27,232 Scots have contracted the infection since it first emerged north of the border.
The new cases recorded overnight represented 11.5 per cent of all newly tested individuals.
Here's the latest from Scotland's battle against the pandemic.