As long as there is not an increase in COVID-19 cases in Cooper County, the Boonville School District will hold in-person summer school courses starting in July.

Summer school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students starts July 6 and runs through Aug. 6, while the high school’s is July 6-17.

If the district is unable to offer in-person summer school classes, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will allow virtual courses, Superintendent Sarah Marriott said.

“We know that is not ideal and we want to see if [it is] at all possible to host in-person, pending everyone is healthy and we don’t have an uptick in cases of COVID-19,” she said.

Schools in Missouri may start the 2020-21 school year earlier than Aug. 24 after DESE waived the start-date requirement. Normally, schools could not start the year until Aug. 24.

“We are going to [have] an Aug. 24 start date,” Marriott said. “We don’t want to change that.

The Missouri School Board Association also provided school districts a nearly 100 page document with school-year guidelines. DESE has not indicated any significant changes to district operations except for what was laid out in the MSBA guidelines, Marriott said.