1. How does Kinsa for Schools, a.k.a. the FLUency program work?
Kinsa for Schools, or the FLUency program, connects parents & school staff on issues of student health, enabling quicker detection of spreading illness and rapid response to help keep students well and in class. Once accepted, all school families and staff can redeem free FDA-cleared Kinsa Smart thermometers, and join a private group on the Kinsa app to see anonymous and aggregated information on what symptoms are going around the school and their grade.
2. How can we increase our chances of being accepted into the program?
We are so thrilled you’d like to participate! FLUency is a highly competitive program with roughly a 10% acceptance rate. To increase your chances of being accepted, we suggest applying to bring FLUency to all the elementary schools in your district. If you are a school nurse or administrator and are ready to apply for our 2019-20 program, click here.We prioritize district-wide applications, as we believe that the power of the Kinsa program gets exponentially greater the more families that use it. Best of luck, and we hope to help keep your entire community healthy!
3. How can Kinsa afford to send out free thermometers?
Kinsa partners with trusted family brands who are passionate about keeping children and families healthy. These brands, whether through their Corporate Social Responsibility arms or otherwise, sponsor the FLUency program, enabling Kinsa to send out tens of thousands of free thermometers to school families each year.
4. How does Kinsa protect student privacy?
As a health company, privacy is paramount at Kinsa. Kinsa thermometers do not collect personally-identifiable information. All communication through the Kinsa app can be anonymous, and all health trends are aggregated. No details about a particular student are ever shared. Our mission is to help stop the spread of illness by understanding trends. All the information we share is aggregated.
5. Is Kinsa FERPA and HIPAA Compliant?
Kinsa complies with all medical privacy regulations, including HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). As we do not have visibility into student education, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not apply to Kinsa products.
6. Does this program create more work for already-overworked school nurses?
No! Our goal is to decrease the workload on school nurses by 1) arming families with thermometers so sick children are not sent in to school to see the nurse, 2) reducing unnecessary clinic visits as fewer parents send sick children to school, 3) helping nurses know what trends are going around their school so they can react appropriately and encourage preventive health measures to keep healthy students well.
7. Does the Kinsa app work in other languages?
The Kinsa app is currently available in English. For schools with high percentages of Spanish-speaking families, Kinsa is happy to provide explanatory marketing materials in Spanish, and much of the app uses icons to report symptoms, which is helpful for those who speak a different language at home.
8. Can my school get free thermometers but not use the accompanying app?
The purpose of the FLUency program is to reduce the spread of illness in schools. While the thermometers are an important component of the program, the app is how parents and school staff know what’s going around their classrooms, allowing for quicker detection of spreading illness and quicker response to keep students healthy and in class. If your school or district is uncomfortable using the app, this program is unfortunately not a fit.
9. Who is Kinsa?
Learn more about Kinsa here.