As schools everywhere gear up to fight flu season, Stanley Hupfeld Academy in Oklahoma City hopes to remain ahead of the bug this year, and keep more kids healthy with the help of Kinsa Smart Thermometers.
Selected from thousands of applications for Kinsa’s FLUencyTM program, Stanley Hupfeld Academy families will be given smart thermometers donated from Kinsa for early detection and containment of the flu. The thermometers will allow families 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 resources,” 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.”
Stanley Hupfeld Academy is a charter school supported by INTEGRIS. The health care system provides a full time clinic at the school to take care of the students, their families and the staff. “Our top priority is keeping our students in class learning,” explained Susan Ward, APRN, director of the clinic at Stanley Hupfeld Academy. “With this innovative program, we hope to see the trends affecting our classrooms so that we can contain the spread of illness, increase attendance, and continue giving our students the education they deserve.”