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We've compiled, with the help of teachers, a list of free local and national online resources.

COURTESY PHOTO: BRADLEY W. PARKS/OPB - Rhiannon Chamberlain (right) and her son Jack, 4, participate in a video call with his classmates from home in Portland, Friday, March 27.  Statewide school closures have left many parents in charge of their children's education during the COVID-19 pandemic.OK, so this happened.

You've made it through two weeks of the novel coronavirus school closures and you're probably just now catching your breath. School closures in Oregon will continue through at least April 28.

Many of your go-to local resources like libraries and museums are also closed. And as this new reality sinks in, you may be feeling overwhelmed by working, as well as feeding, supervising, entertaining and teaching your children at home.

It's no small thing you're doing.

Breathe now. Stay with me.

pmgAccording to the Oregon Department of Education, no one expects you to replace formal learning. Even the state is focused on "supplemental learning opportunities," according to ODE. To underscore that, ODE has asked the U.S. Department of Education for permission to waive state testing for the year.

So official expectations are pretty low.

And there are resources out there.

We've compiled, with the help of teachers and other knowledgeable education-types, a list of free local and national online resources.

Let's start with need-to-know resources from the ODE and Portland Public Schools on urgent and general up-to-date COVID-19 information. ODE has a COVID-19 FAQ and PPS has a coronavirus page focused on meals, child care, health and safety.

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