I agree. The school children especially at public schools are paying to high a price. Why cant they open the schools and try and social distance and wear masks and teach outside etc.... They are as you say pretending its going to work. Its interesting because its a real test of the government as we all know some family this affects and we can all observe the disaster. Its actually very sad.
They are doing this (semi presencial) in Colombia and it works. It's the DR that wants to be "special", on par with USA and EU.