Kinsa FLUency™ School Health Program for NYC Schools

A Solution to Safely Reopen Schools & Reduce the Spread of Illness

Provide earlier detection and response to illness in schools by helping parents and school staff know more about symptoms and illnesses going around.

See How it Works
Young children eating a school lunch together.

“Kinsa has done a wonderful job in working with our school nurses to ensure that students stay healthy and in school. This partnership has allowed us to bring more awareness and education around student health and wellness.”

Jane B.
Director of Health Services
California School District
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Arm families and staff with an essential health tool

Empower your students and staff to accurately identify illness at its first sign by providing them with Kinsa’s award-winning, FDA-cleared smart thermometer.

Prevent the spread of illness

If a fever or symptom is present, families are reminded to stay home and guided to appropriate care to get better faster and prevent the spread of germs.

Monitor the health of your school community

Your private dashboard aggregates health trends at the grade level, all while protecting student privacy. If illness levels start to rise, you can immediately communicate with families to prompt preventative actions to stop the spread.

FLUency In Action

Our program is built to help school nurses, school leaders, teachers, and parents make better decisions based on anonymous, aggregate illness trends by grade level. Click through each option below to learn how.

School Nurses can easily monitor illness levels across all grades.

Communicate with families on how to best keep their children healthy.
“Last year it was a common occurrence during flu season to have numerous (5-10) students come in from off the bus, or with their parents strictly requesting a temperature check because they didn't have a thermometer at home. That number has decreased to ZERO!”
Alisha P., School Nurse, North Carolina

School Leaders make real-time data-driven decisions that focus on stopping the spread of illness while minimizing disruptions to learning.

By knowing when and where illness is on the rise, you can improve prevention response time and response effectiveness.
“The KINSA thermometer and app have enabled [our school] to open in person learning with more confidence... The families and staff feel this safety protocol adds a layer of protection. If it weren't for this solution [our school] would be temp checking 600 students and 60 staff on a daily basis.”
Eve F., Principal, California

Teachers can monitor illness levels in their grade.

Helping you make better decisions regarding classroom health to keep you and your students healthy.
“Fluency has been [most beneficial] to the teachers! It is great to see the trends going on in each know when a classroom needs a scrub-down or when we should be pushing the Vitamin C!”
Meagan S., Teacher, Pennsylvania

Parents can learn what illnesses are going around school.

Helping parents make more appropriate decisions about how to keep their kids and their families healthy.
"I loved being able to learn about symptoms of other children at school. It gave me insight on what was likely to come and eased my anxiety because I knew what to expect. I felt like I had my own little support system.”
FLUency Parent

Getting started with FLUency

In the next few weeks, participating schools will receive a Welcome Kit with everything you’ll need: brochures, informational materials, a thermometer to get started, and Lysol disinfectant supplies. Kinsa takes care of all the logistics, making enrollment quick and easy.
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Privacy is our priority

Monitor illness levels in your private school dashboard without sacrificing privacy. Temperature and symptom trends are anonymous and aggregated, ensuring individual data stays private while you get the information you need to take action.


Contribute to Kinsa’s early warning system 

Check out Health Weather to see your local illness risk and understand how FLUency participants are contributing to our network of 2 million thermometers that aggregate real-time health insights across the U.S. Get your school on board to join the illness fighting movement!
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FLUency in the News

See how our schools program has been benefiting families and staff in over 5,000 schools across the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the FLUency program work?

FLUency connects families & school staff on issues of student health, enabling quicker detection of spreading illness and rapid response to help keep students well and in class. All school families and staff at participating schools can sign up to receive a free award-winning Kinsa Smart thermometer, and join a private school group on the Kinsa app to see anonymous and aggregated information on what symptoms and illnesses are going around their school and their grade.

2. How do I enroll my school or know if my school is participating?

If you’re a school administrator, you can expect to be contacted for the opportunity to opt-in to FLUency. If your school has not been contacted, please submit interest in the program here

If you are a teacher, staff member, or parent, please check with your school administrator(s) to see if your school is already participating.

3. As a school administrator, what are my responsibilities with FLUency? 

As the administrator, you will receive everything you need from Kinsa to manage the program, including informational materials, brochures you can distribute, and access to a school portal. The portal will automatically show you how many families are opting-in to receive a free Kinsa Smart thermometer, so you can effortlessly track the thermometers you receive and distribute. The portal will also enable you to easily monitor illness spread in your school and send out announcements to students and staff.

4. Does this program create more work for already-overworked school nurses?

No! Our goal is to decrease the workload on school nurses by: 
  • Arming families with thermometers so sick children are not sent in to school, limiting the spread of illness.
  • Reducing unnecessary school clinic visits as fewer parents send sick children to school.
  • 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.

5. Do my students have to use Kinsa? Does it replace the screening tool?

FLUency is a completely opt-in program. Your school opts-in, and all participating families and staff opt-in. Your students are not mandated to use Kinsa (though families love it!)

Kinsa is a health monitoring and triage tool for the household where as NYC DOE’s Health Screening Tool is required for physical entry into a DOE building.

6. How can Kinsa afford to send out free thermometers?

Thanks to a sponsorship by Lysol, Kinsa is able to send out tens of thousands of free thermometers to school families each year. Participating schools will receive Lysol disinfectant spray and several canisters of Lysol wipes per classroom along with Kinsa smart thermometers, the accompanying software, and the early warning insights included with the FLUency program. 

Note that no data from the program is shared with Lysol, and Kinsa does not support ads from sponsors or other companies.

7. Having trouble logging into your School Portal?

If you're trying to log on using your school's internet network while on campus, your school's security settings may be blocking the Kinsa School Portal site.

As a temporary fix - set your password or log in while on your home wifi network, or on a device not connected to the school’s internet, like your cell phone.

As a long-term fix - email the below message to your school's IT department. Once they whitelist the site, you'll be able to log in on your school's network!

Hi there! Can you please whitelist and on our network? I will be using this Kinsa for Schools website to manage a school health program we're running this year and our school's network settings are currently preventing me from accessing the page. Thank you!

8. Does the Kinsa app work in other languages?

The Kinsa app and informational materials are currently available in English and Spanish. Additionally, much of the app uses easy-to-understand visuals and has an intuitive user experience, which is helpful for those who speak a different language at home.

9. Is Kinsa compliant with all applicable medical privacy regulations?

Yes! Additionally, for schools, as we do not have visibility into a student’s education records, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not apply to Kinsa products.

10. Who is Kinsa?

Kinsa’s mission is to help stop the spread of illness through earlier detection and response. You can read more about Kinsa here or watch this 1 minute overview video to learn more about how Kinsa benefits your home and community. As a school participant you will be helping to grow our network of 2 million thermometers that aggregate real-time health insights across the U.S.