An uptick in coronavirus cases is projected in the fall – possibly affecting how much learning kids will have at school. The Missouri Board of Education is discussing whether to give K through 12 public schools the option of starting the school year earlier in the fall. A new state statute requires schools to start August 24 or later this fall, unless the board waives the requirement. During Monday’s board meeting, Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says the coronavirus is an extenuating circumstance and the department is not trying to take advantage of the situation.

The board plans to revisit the item during next month’s meeting.