Like everyone, parents are more subdued these days. So, while the school reopening guidelines spark questions, we accept that the uncertainty of Covid means not all concerns can be addressed.
Yet, while we are grateful to be returning and we realise the school day is going to look different, it's only natural we are anxious about some details.
The need to limit interaction and keep classes in bubbles means big trade-offs - such as no assemblies and children not being able to mix freely with other classes at breaks.
And, following the logic of minimising the mingling, this means no after-schools clubs.
At primary level, this is going to be a big blow on the social side - activities such as speech and drama are great for confidence - and an even bigger one on the economic side as many working parents rely on these activities for childcare and they are too pricey for many families to do privately.
Another related concern is that many crèches won't be able to facilitate an after-school service for primary pupils under the guidelines of social distancing of one metre. That's going to pose a serious dilemma.
Would there be scope for keeping the class together for an hour extra, even two times a week, to do things such as supervised reading or chess? Likewise for secondary - could they keep classes together to do after-school study?
Classes are to be kept in bubbles and in primary school in small groups, or "pods", but - confusingly - only "to the extent this is practical".
I can tell you right now this is never going to be practical.
Children will want to be with their mates; it's going to cause heartache.
If pods happen we wonder if an alphabetical system would work so nobody (including parents) can dispute it? Teachers I asked say they will need autonomy on putting pods together - to separate the messers and arrive at an optimum mix.
Trouble ahead on this one, we feel. I really hope our school goes for the bubble only option.
One of the biggest niggling worries is what happens if a child stays home.
The guidelines are clear: if a child is coughing in school, isolate them in a room and send them home straight away.
But, what happens then? And what if they have a mild runny nose in the morning. Will they be a pariah if they go in? Do they have to stay home with every mild sniffle or is there an acceptable level of sniffle?
With parents worrying their children have already lost academic ground, and with jobs to do themselves, they are going to be very reluctant to keep them at home with the mild sniffle.
Especially when there is not clear guidance who will be teaching them. The plan for vulnerable pupils who have to stay home full-time is left up to the school, which does not bode well for the children home with winter sniffles.
Will remote learning be a continuation of the efforts taken during lockdown? Because schools varied big time. Private schools surged ahead with online Zoom classes every day while many national ones had nothing of the sort.
The roadmap says if schools close it is vital they act in an agile way, and guidance is being updated - but this sounds vague.
Parents were hoping for something more organised, like a central online teaching hub for primary schools.
And it is more complex for secondary schools, with more specialist subjects. Because the teacher usually sits in one place for the class here, could it be possible for children who are at home with a runny nose to use Zoom to virtually 'attend' the classroom they should be in at that time? Could this work for primary? Concrete guidance would have been welcomed.
Another worry is the likely individual class start times, to prevent parents entering schools and socialising at the school gates.
Will there be a holding area for the children so parents with multiple drop-offs don't have to wait? Likewise, for junior and senior infants, can parents walk them to the back door? It seems harsh to kiss and run.
There are plans to provide more teachers - but what happens in a worst case scenario? We are on the Wild West frontier, so will schools get autonomy if there is no available teacher that day? Could parents volunteer? Many parents are already Garda vetted.
There are many concerns right now, but a big one is that children might feel unhappy.
Pasi Sahlberg of the University of New South Wales in Australia has advised the Irish government on education matters in the past, and told the Irish Independent well-being will be key to children catching up. If they don't feel okay, they won't be able to learn properly.
"Many kids are stressed, anxious and afraid of what is happening in their lives," he said.
"The last thing they need now is that we adults tell them that they are going to suffer because they have lost months of schooling and that therefore they need to catch up.
"This can be a serious mistake, especially for those who suffer from this the most. I find reports that warn that kids may lose 3pc of their lifetime earnings because of recent school closures are incorrect and wrong. What we should tell them, instead, is not to worry and that we will work this out together."
And in fairness, the plan does include welcome measures for psychological well-being, including 120 posts in this area.
The Government seems set on all children going back - but it's not going to be like it was before and we can't help worrying. It is possible remote learning could be a big part of next year but does not hold a big place in the roadmap for return.