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Vandervoort Ele. Among First to Use Smart Technology to Stop the Spread of Flu in School

Selected from thousands of applications for Kinsa’s FLUency™ program, Vandervoort Elementary families will be given Smart Thermometers donated from Kinsa for early detection and containment of the flu.

As schools everywhere gear up to fight flu season, Vandervoort Elementary in the Cossatot River School District hopes to remain ahead of the bug this year, and keep more kids healthy with the help of Kinsa Smart Thermometers. Selected as one the just 500 schools nationwide to participate in Kinsa’s FLUency school health program, all Vandervoort Elementary families will receive free Kinsa Smart Thermometers, priced at $19.99 retail, and will be able to see aggregated, anonymous information on any symptoms and illnesses going around the school.

“Sick days are disruptive to learning, challenging for parents who must find childcare, and costly to schools that are already struggling with strapped recourses,” explains Kinsa founder and CEO Inder Singh. “In addition to the disruption, it is heartbreaking for both parents and kids when the household is hit with the flu. Since the thermometer is the first thing a parent reaches for when their child falls ill, we designed Kinsa to be smarter, capturing symptoms earlier, and providing guidance on what to do next. We are thrilled to offer select schools a tool to keep more children healthy and in school.”

“Our top priority is keeping out students in class learning,” explained Sissy Sanders LPN. “With this innovative program, we hope to see the trends affecting our classroom so that we can contain the spread of illness, increase attendance, and continue giving our students the education they deserve.”

We believe here at Vandervoort Elementary “A child needs to be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.”

With Kinsa Smart Thermometers, parents can not only see anonymous information on symptoms and illnesses going around, but also track individual health history for each family member via the companion Kinda app, to get quicker, more accurate diagnosis, can share details with another caregiver or physician, and receive guidance on next steps if fever and symptoms are caused for concern.

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