School Closures in Oregon Due to Coronavirus: Continuing Learning for OR Students

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

School closures have spread across the nation as the COVID-19 outbreak continues. Students in Oregon who are affected by these closures may need to learn from home. If you're learning from home, check out these ideas to help you get started.

Learning in Oregon During School Closures

As the coronavirus continues to affect our nation, more than 1,200 public K-12 schools in Oregon could be affected by school closures. Oregon's school officials, teachers, students, and families will be seeking alternative ways to pursue academic learning. At this time, finding quality online resources can be an important part of continuing the education process.

Continuing Academic Learning at Home

If your school is closed, what will you do? After sleeping in and watching your favorite movie, you may need to try to get some school work done. Consider these tips to help you successfully tackle your home-based learning.


  • When it's time to work, turn off the music and the TV. Ask family members to respect your work space, and help you keep noise to a minimum while you're working.
  • Before you start working, determine what you will need and gather your resources. It's harder to work well if you are constantly getting up to find another pencil, ruler, book, or crayon.
  • Make sure you have plenty of light where you're working, and try to use good posture and body mechanics while you work.


  • No one expects you to follow an exact school-day schedule, but you should choose work times and stick to them as much as possible. Knowing when you will be working also means knowing when you will be free to choose your own activity.
  • Be sure to intersperse break times throughout your study sessions. Take time to stand, move, and do a brief unrelated activity in between academic work. You probably know your brain needs movement. Did you also know that your brain needs time to process information when you're learning? Take care of your brain and take breaks.

Healthy Living

While you're learning from home, you want to follow a healthy schedule. In addition to academic work, try to include these elements:

  • movement and exercise
  • fresh air
  • creativity
  • healthy eating
  • adequate rest
  • social communication

Using to Learn from Home in Oregon

As you work from home, one of the easiest places to find resources is online. is a respected, well-stocked academic resource center where you can find support in every subject across grade levels. At, you can find:

  • Video Lessons - 5-10 minute lessons on a wide variety of topics can teach you something new or clarify questions you have on many academic topics.
  • Quizzes and Flashcards - Check your understanding of the topics you're studying so you can be sure you're keeping up with your learning goals.
  • Study Answers - Get step-by-step solutions to a wide variety of homework topics.
  • Project and Activity Ideas - Choose your topic and find fabulous ideas for relevant at-home learning activities and projects.
  • Essay Topics and Discussion Questions - If you're reading a book or studying a specific issue, use these writing prompts and discussion starters to deepen your understanding.

Learning from home may be a new experience for you. Use and the rest of these tips to help you do your best.

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