Here's hoping the Hiqa update on kids and the virus might bring some common-sense clarity to reopening schools. New research by the health watchdog found children were not significant contributors to the spread of Covid, at home or at school. It chimes with some earlier international evidence that kids are mostly - mercifully - being spared from this disease.
Yet they have missed months of education already. This news is a significant factor in the drive for a return to classes as soon as possible.
As recently as last week, bureaucrats in the Department of Education were saying schools may not be able to reopen in September, due to challenges around public health regulations.
By the sounds of it, we'd need to put them in Croke Park to learn in absolute safety. Why not just wrap them up in cotton wool?
It's not necessary to frantically install prefabs or keep pupils at strict two-metre distances at all times. We don't need to treat children like adults on this.
The one saving grace of this horrendous virus is that it seems not be targeting kids. Figures show infection rates of those in primary school at the tiniest percentage. Thank God for that: if so, I'd be writing this from an underground bunker.
They get it less often, with less severity, and global studies show there are no cases, of any sort, of a child transmitting coronavirus to an adult.
Swiss scientists go further, saying children generally do not have the receptors to catch or transmit it. This exceptionalism should be the key to unlocking their lives, which have been cruelly put on hold. Otherwise, we're looking a gift horse in the mouth.
The science on this dictates schooling should come back, and in the most normal a manner as is responsible.
The risk/benefit ratio is firmly weighted on the side of schools reopening: the risk is minimal and the potential benefit is immense. Not to do so would take safetyism to the point of harm.
Most parents, teachers and children want to get back to the classroom. It's a community and is of vital importance to child welfare.
Education is not a privilege, it's a human right: fundamental to individuals' social, educational and economic development.
Ensuring a return to education requires thinking outside the box, not putting procedural correctness in front of needs.
We don't have to obsess over the two-metre rule. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said recently this may reduce to 1.5 metres or one metre soon.
In this case, individual desks - like we all had in the '80s - would suffice. In France, where schools have reopened, desks are one metre apart.
Children's hygiene habits and cough etiquette have been revolutionised and new taboos are in place on coming to school unwell. Kids are naturally spacing out from others already.
You can't beat a pandemic - you can find ways to live with it. As deadly serious as coronavirus is, it is not in fact the bubonic plague.
Our children are currently being deprived of learning because of extreme measures needed in an emergency event. That is only justifiable in the short term.
Education has rightly been a priority of many countries such as Australia and Israel, who have put schools at the top of their reopening list, along with France, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark, have reopened schools. The UK and the US have plans in place to do so.
Yet in Ireland, we're casting doubts about the start of the school year 2020/21.
Education Minister Joe McHugh said last week it is "too early to say" how schools will reopen, but Nphet advice is they should.
Failure to restart classes in a timely manner is a breach of duty. As a parent of a school-age child, a prolonged, unnecessary delay is enough to make you consider leaving the country.