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Reviewers performed a rapid scoping review to identify and describe the evidence available on unintended health and societal consequences of measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic. Reviewers identified 18 studies (13 of which used quantitative methods) and described four intervention categories: measures to make contacts safer (14 studies); measures to reduce contacts (4 studies); surveillance and response measures in relation to SARS‐CoV‐2 infections (6 studies); and multicomponent measures (1 study). The most commonly reported outcomes were educational consequences (11 studies) and psychosocial outcomes (7 studies). This scoping review will inform subsequent rapid reviews on this topic. For information relating to scoping reviews, click here.