October 25, 2016 (Louisville, Ky.) – As schools prepare to fight the flu season, St. Leonard School (440 Zorn Avenue, Louisville) hopes to keep more kids healthy with the help of Kinsa Smart Thermometers. Selected as one of just 500 schools nationwide (one of nine in Kentucky and one of two in Jefferson County) to participate in Kinsa’s FLUency school health program, all St. Leonard families will receive free Kinsa Smart Thermometers, priced at $19.99 retail. With this tool, families can see aggregated, anonymous information on any symptoms and illnesses going around the school.
Seventh grade students in Mrs. Caitlin Ousley’s science class at St. Leonard will be aggregating the data from the app and analyzing it to learn how the disease spreads. They also will learn about public health initiatives that can help stop the spread of disease and practice communication methods to spread the word on preventative care.
“Our top priority is keeping our students in class learning,” explained Mrs. Ousley. “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.”
With Kinsa Smart Thermometers, parents can see anonymous information on symptoms and illnesses going around and track the individual health history for each family member via the companion Kinsa app, to get a quicker, more accurate diagnosis. They also can share details with another caregiver or physician and receive guidance on next steps if fever and symptoms cause concern.
“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.”
For more information about the Kinsa product, see www.kinsahealth.com/fluency. St. Leonard School is one of 49 PK-12 schools in seven counties of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. It serves 168 students in grades PK-8.
For further information call: Cecelia Price, 502/585-3291 or 502/417-7187 (cell).