Notifying the entire class, as is done with other contagious illnesses and with allergies, does not violate any privacy rules. The infected person is not identified when the entire class is notified.
Furthermore, our school is NOT distancing students and is having them remove masks to eat lunch in classrooms, with a prohibition on opening doors and windows. Everyone in the classroom is at risk.
Actually I have never been notified if someone in my child’s class has an allergy. The rare occasion that we do send in snacks, it’s from an approved list because of potential allergies. Nor have I been notified of any illnesses such as the flu, strep, or any other contagious virus. The most information that was given came in the form of a letter from the school nurse reminding us to wash hands and check temperatures because of an uptick in cases of flu or stomach virus. Again, no specific classroom. Just like our County school system has done with Covid. Same procedure. They post on the website If there has been a positive case in a school but no other specifics have been given. So no I do not feel that I am owed anymore additional information than I have been given previously. This virus has over a 99% recovery rate. I am far more concerned with their mental health and educational needs. Otherwise I would have chosen the virtual option provided to us.
As previously stated, our county has been open for in person school since Labor Day. A few schools have isolated cases, all of which were transmitted outside of school and no transmissions have occurred in the school buildings. The large outbreak that was expected has up until this point not occurred. And they are wearing masks but they are not always distanced. So the measures put in place and the masks are working.