Column: As the coronavirus rages, families are left to decide how — not whether — it will affect their kids’ right to an education

“This is really one of the most perplexing and complex issues I’ve ever faced in 40 years,” Dan M. Cooper, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, said in yet another article I read this weekend: “Why is there no consensus about reopening schools? Too many variables, too few studies.” Of all the sentences I read on this topic, Cooper’s is the one that landed like a life preserver.