Yinghua Response to COVID-19

Posted on by Abigail Pribbenow

Yinghua reviews its Covid-19 prevention measures daily and posts updates here as needed. Practices are based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.  

Notices sent to families via email and newsletter also will be posted here on the Yinghua homepage. If you need to contact the school, use info@yinghuaacademy.org, rather than the phone number.

April 2, 2020 Updates

Teachers’ Office Hours, Fridays, 9-11:00 a.m.

March 27, 2020, Updates

Information about the Governor Walz order to stay at home: Stay at Home, NYOB HAUV TSEV, Guriga Joob, Quedarse en Casa.

March 26, 2020 Updates

School supplies pickups are March 26, 12-5 p.m. and March 27, 10a-12p.

Map of gym

March 25, 2020

Letter to Families with Distance Learning Updates with one-page Distance Learning at A Glance

March 23, 2020 Updates

March 23 Letter to Families Introducing Distance Learning Plan

Check this Childcare link to view the expanded list of professions for which free childcare is offered at school. Yinghua is providing childcare at school during school hours for emergency and healthcare workers, and Yinghua will expand this service to include the school-age children 12 and under of the expanded list of professions which includes food distribution and utilities workers. Click Childcare to see the entire list. If you are eligible for this childcare, please complete this short survey: http://bit.ly/YAchildcare2020.

March 20, 2020 Updates

Free Meals: During the school closure, all Minnesota families are welcome to pick up free meals for children under 18 at many area school district facilities. Check Free Meals in Area School Districts to find the schedules and locations nearest your home. Going forward, Yinghua will not distribute food. Please make use of the resources closest to your homes.

Contact abigail.pribbenow@yinghuaacademy.org if you need assistance with accessing food during the school closure. Delivery service is available if needed.

March 20, 2020, Updates (continued)

  • The Yinghua office is not staffed at this time. Our building is only open to essential staff and for emergency worker childcare.
  • Use info@yinghuaacademy.org to contact us during the school closure.
  • Many of you have asked about picking up items from lockers and desks. Next week we will contact you about how we will facilitate this.
  • Contact Renee Cosgrove about enrollment paperwork or anything related to enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

March 17, 2020, Updates

MDH has created a new video on washing your hands.

March 16, 2020 Updates

Go to http://bit.ly/YAchildcare2020 to complete the form if you work in emergency services or healthcare and have school-age children under 12 who will need childcare during the school closure period. If you will not need care, you do not need to complete the survey.

March 15, 2020 Updates

Dear Yinghua families and staff:

Today Governor Tim Walz announced Executive Order 20-02, the temporary closure of Minnesota schools due to Covid-19. Yinghua students and staff will not return to school this week, and we will be closed to students through March 27. This means that there is no class, no busing, and no before or after-school activities or events.

We anticipate beginning remote learning for Yinghua students by March 30, per the Governor’s announcement.

If you haven’t already done so, complete this form: Online Resources in Your Household..

Yinghua will be in further contact with you as things unfold. Until then, please continue to use the resources available to you such as iChinese Reader and AR, and continue to read. 

Although the Governor announced K-12 schools will close as of Wednesday, March 18, because of our spring break timing, the Minnesota Department of Education has given Yinghua permission to close as of tomorrow, Monday, March 16.

Thanks, in advance, for your continued understanding and support during these unprecedented times.  The Yinghua school community is truly exceptional in our partnership for the sake of our children. As always, together we are better!

Yours sincerely,

Sue Berg, Executive Director

Amanda Schneider, School Board Chair

March 13, 2020 Updates

Letter to families regarding delay of students’ return to school until March 17.

Families, please complete this form if you haven’t already done so: Online Resources in Your Household.

March 6, 2020 Updates

The Academic Director sent the following letter to families on March 6 via the school newsletter and via IC messenger.

Dear Yinghua families:

Our students and teachers are completing Term II today, and everyone is looking forward to a bit of time off. I hope that you and your families have a chance to relax, read books, and restore your energy during Yinghua Spring Break.

Although there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Minnesota, our school is following the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education to create a plan for online learning. Our teachers and I have worked to create a framework to support remote learning through the Zoom and Extempore platforms, and I need your feedback as we continue to customize Yinghua’s plan.

I ask all Yinghua families to reply to this short survey to let us know about the resources available in your household to support remote learning: https://forms.gle/W9GokJ9JMTS4DoHF7. My letter to you with this survey link also will be sent to families via IC messenger and will be posted on www.yinghuaacademy.org.

If it becomes necessary for schools in Minnesota to close, we will share detailed instructions with families about how to use Zoom, Extempore, and any other online resources that may help to enrich the remote learning experience.

Yours sincerely,

Luyi Lien, Ph.D.


March 5, 2020, Updates

1. Before sending your child back to school following Yinghua ​Spring Break, contact Licensed School Nurse Ginger Hao by email at ginger.hao@yinghuaacademy.org if you have traveled to any sites with an identified Covid-19 outbreak or if you have come into contact with others who have done so.

2. On March 6 and following Spring Break, please keep children home if they have ​frequent or persistent cough, even if they do not have a fever. If your child has a persistent cough, contact Ginger Hao by email at ginger.hao@yinghuaacademy.org to discuss your child’s symptoms before sending the child to school.

3. You may wish to review the CDC’s recommendations regarding household response to Covid-19. This source outlines how household members can plan
for community transmission of Covid-19.

4. On March 2 the following wording was added to the digital sign-in document for Yinghua visitors and guests:

  • IMPORTANT: If you have traveled to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, or a known Covid-19 hot spot within the past 14 days or if you have come into contact with someone who has traveled to these places, please check in with office staff.

5. On March 2, students began the practice of washing their hands upon arrival at school. Students wash hands when they arrive at school, before lunch, after lunch, after using the restroom, and at other points during the school day and during after-school programs.


On February 28, the following information was shared in the school newsletter.

​What we ask Yinghua families to do:  

Contact ginger.hao@yinghuaacademy.org if anyone in your family has had direct contact with someone who was diagnosed with the virus, or if in the last 14 days someone in your household has returned from travels in virus hot spots such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, or China.

Practice illness precautions, also known as Nonpharmaceutical Interventions. Stay home when sick, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

Watch the World Health Organization hand-washing video and practice hand-washing steps at home: WHO hand-washing video.

Keep sick students home from school. Contact teachers via email to ask about assignments which will be available via Infinite Campus.

NEW: Keep at home a child with any concerning respiratory symptoms, including persistent or frequent cough, even if the child does not have a fever. This is a new precaution. If a child is coughing, even without fever, contact ginger.hao@yinghuaacademy.org.

Check your child’s temperature daily. If your child has a morning temperature of 100° F (37.78 °C) or higher, keep your child home.

​What Yinghua is doing:  

Licensed School Nurse Ginger Hao addressed all grades two weeks ago and again last week about the importance of proper hand washing, and she demonstrated how to properly wash hands.

Starting Monday, March 2, students wash their hands upon arriving at school. In order to make sure this is efficient, Mr. Brewer created a schedule including directions about which sinks–lunchroom, art room, science room–Middle School students should use (since they do not have sinks in their homerooms).

Lower School teachers supervise hand washing before lunch and throughout the day.

DISINFECTING THE SCHOOL Staff disinfect (with Alpha-HP and Oxivir) the tops and reachable undersides of lunch tables and benches daily, and the same surfaces are sanitized (with food-safe sanitizer) before and after lunch and between seatings. Staff disinfect handrails, light switches, door knobs and other frequently touched surfaces multiple times during the school day.

Teachers disinfect table tops and chairs and their reachable undersides each afternoon after students depart.

Dr. Lien and teachers are preparing a remote learning plan in the event that the Minnesota Department of Health asks schools to close temporarily to prevent the spread of the virus.


Yinghua will communicate with families as needed through Infinite Campus via email and text messages and via the school newsletter.

The contents of messages from Yinghua regarding Covid-19 will be posted on www.yinghuaacademy.org.

You may wish to view the public service announcement from Minnesota Commissioner of Health, Jan Malcom. Below are links to the message in English and in English with Chinese subtitles.


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