A MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE:  Jessica Tsuchiya l 学校护士Jessica Tsuchiya发来的信

A MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE: Jessica Tsuchiya l 学校护士Jessica Tsuchiya发来的信

I hope that everyone is staying well and healthy during this time and look forward to welcoming you all back to school once it opens. My family and I have been in Qingdao through the entire Lunar New Year and we are extremely impressed by the swiftness of action and the seriousness that is shown in dealing with COVID-19. Many of us are staying at home with young children and trying to do our part in keeping this virus from spreading. Please read below for my full letter on how to stay physically and mentally healthy. And please reach out to me, at jtsuchiya@qingdaoamerasia.org, if you have any concerns.   


What is COVID-19?  

COVID-19 is a large number of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to severe respiratory diseases. The current virus that started in Wuhan is called COVID-19.  


新型冠状病毒(COVID-19 )是可以导致从普通感冒到严重呼吸道疾病的病毒群。当前在武汉开始的病毒被称为新型冠状病毒(COVID-19 )。 

What are the signs of infection?  

Most common signs mimic those of other colds or flu. These include – fever, cough, shortness of breath and other respiratory symptoms.  



How can I protect myself?  

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Now is a good time to review the DAB (Destroy All Bacteria) technique that your children learned at school. Ask them to show you!  
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds after you have been outside. Remember to wash under the fingernails. The children have learned how to do this in elementary and EC while singing happy birthday.  
  • Wear a mask while outside but remember that this is not full protection against getting the virus. Avoid touching your face or being near large groups of people.  
  • Take care of your health – eat a nutritious diet rich in vegetables and get enough exercise  


  • 当咳嗽或打喷嚏时要掩口。现在是时候复习一下孩子们在学校里学过的DAB(消灭所有细菌)的技能。让他们告诉你!  
  • 外出后回家要洗手20秒,记得洗指甲。孩子们已经在小学和幼儿园 唱生日歌时学会了这一点。 
  • 外出时要戴口罩,但要记住这并不能完全预防感染病毒。避免用手触摸你的脸或靠近人群。 
  • 保持身体健康,多吃营养丰富的蔬菜并且要适度锻炼。 

How do I stay mentally healthy?  

  • Eat nutritious food – get a good variety of complex grains, fruits and vegetables  
  • Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water.  
  • Exercise – even in a small space you can do exercises with your children and as a family  
  • Try to keep a routine for yourself and your family  
  • Practice self-care – this looks different for different people. For some, it could be yoga or meditation; for others it could be cooking or baking or learning something new. Do something every day that is just for you and that makes you happy  


  • 吃有营养的食物,饮食要包括多种谷物、水果和蔬菜 
  • 避免饮酒,多喝水 
  • 运动——即使在一个小空间里,你也可以和孩子、家人做运动。 
  • 尽量保持自己和家人的正常生活节奏。 
  • 练习照顾自己——对不同的人来说不尽相同。对某些人来说,可以是瑜伽或冥想; 对另外其他人来说,可能是烹饪、烘焙或学习新技能。每天都做些使自己快乐的事情。 

Reach out  

  1.  Do not hesitate to reach if you are concerned about your child’s mental health or If you need to discuss strategies for handling cabin fever. If you notice behaviors that your child is feeling overly anxious, not sleeping or eating, or having difficulty finding the motivation to complete school work we can assist to establish lines of communication with you and your family.   
  2.  Reach out to family and friends when things are difficult. Call on your support systems to laugh, vent or cry. You are not alone in this.  
  3. Reach out to a counsellor – there are many counsellors that are available online for consultations. If you need a list of available counselors, please feel free to contact Jessica for recommendations.  


  1. 如果你担心孩子的心理健康,或如果你需要讨论幽居病的处理方式,请不要犹豫,尽快和我们联系。如果你注意到孩子存在过度焦虑、不睡觉或不吃饭、缺少动力完成学习任务等行为,学校将帮你和你的家人寻求专业的指导。   
  2. 遇到困难时,向家人和朋友求助。向你的支持群体寻求帮助,欢笑、发泄或哭泣。你并不孤单。  
  3. 向专业人士求助——网上有很多顾问可供咨询。如果你需要专业的推荐名单,请随时联系Jessica。 

Regards,    致以温暖的问候 

Jessica Tsuchiya