This issue creates a puzzle for someone with my opinions about public schools. Normally I’d say shut them down, they don’t work, they can never work, so give back the education of children to their own families. Now Covid-19 has done just that, but I find I am in favor of re-opening the schools.
I believe “the science” supports re-opening, as Kerry Dougherty suggests. I don’t believe re-opening can be 100% safe, but I do believe we shouldn’t allow imaginary perfections to control our decision-making.
Apart from that, it would be wrong to exploit the pandemic as a means to the end of shuttering the public school system once and for all.
This puzzle itself is an example of one of life’s unavoidable and irresolvable conditions.