The SQA plans to run a full diet of exams next spring but is preparing contingencies, John Swinney said.
From Monday, pupils over the age of 12 are expected to wear coverings in areas where distancing is not possible.
Nicola Sturgeon warns schools not to ask for testing when pupils have a runny nose.
From August 31, pupils should be wearing face coverings in areas where physical distancing is not possible.
Some schools now require pupils to cover their faces in corridors and communal areas.
Scottish pupils have mostly returned to full-time education - except at schools where coronavirus cases crop up.
Nicola Sturgeon said there is a 'possibility' guidance will change amid a number of cases among students.
Nicola Sturgeon said gatherings with too many people or without social distancing risk spreading coronavirus.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will update MSPs on schools as well as any further changes to lockdown.
Report says a quarter of the workforce could have lower skills by the mid-2030s if schools do not reopen.
He said secondary schools should take 'practical' steps to enable distancing 'wherever possible'.
John Swinney said childcare and early learning services should be fully up and running by August 11.
Group advising Scottish Government says no social distancing is required between pupils.
The exams authority has said it will not consult schools or colleges if it downgrades teacher estimates.
The EIS said measures like masks and perspex screens in schools should be considered.
Pupils might not have to socially distance when they return to schools on August 11.
The education secretary will make a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.
The Scottish Government has faced criticism over its plans for 'blended learning' when pupils return.