My son presented me with this note from his school this morning, asking for permission to allow photographs during the class performance at the circus.
Personal admission: Yes, I'm one of those annoying parents who refuses to sign forms giving the school carte blanc permissions for photographs of my child at any time to be taken wherever and for whatever the school wishes.
However, unlike most such permission forms, in which case all attendees are asked not to film or take photographs during the performance if just one parent refuses to grant permission, this note says that all kids whose parents don't sign the form and grant permission will be forced to wear a mask during the performance.
Now, this is a public performance, meaning that the school is not the data controller for any photos or videos taken. Therefore involved visitors would need to individually acquire permission to photograph and/or film the performance of all the kids involved, which I doubt a form issued by the school to parents of children can accomplish – added to the fact that regardless of whether or not they're masked, it may be possible to identify the kids even with their masks on the basis of some knowledge of when and where the event took place, their stature and appearance. Especially when your kids belong to an ethnic minority (you can count the number of kids in his school with the same hair and skin color as he has on one hand).
I wonder how many other schools have decided that it's time to start masking kids if their parents refuse to sign forms granting permission to allow their kids to be photographed?