The FLUency program is Kinsa's philanthropic effort to prevent the spread of illness and keep kids healthy and in school using only anonymized and aggregated data. The FLUency program is completely free to schools and participating families.
We partner with sponsors to provide schools with free Kinsa smart thermometers, our free Kinsa app, and a free school health dashboard. This dashboard gives school nurses and staff a bird's eye view of the school's overall health. The school staff can also use the dashboard to send messages to participating families to warn them about what bugs are going around, so families can take more precautions at home.
Kinsa takes your privacy incredibly seriously. If you join the FLUency program, no school staff can see what you've put into your Kinsa app. They simply do not have access to your Kinsa account. Instead, they can only see anonymized, aggregated information spread over a grade level or across the entire school, only if enough families take part.
For example, the school nurse won't be able to see "Bart in Mrs. Krabappel's 4th-grade class has a 101ºF fever". If there are more than 10 students in the 4th grade taking part in the program, a school nurse will see "There's a report of fever in the 4th grade". If fewer than ten 4th-grade families take part, no health information about the 4th grade is shown at all. This prevents school staff from figuring who a particular fever belongs to if participation is too low.
The more families that take part, the more families can benefit.
This also applies to symptoms and diagnoses. For example, let's say that Abigail, Brianna, and Charlie in the 3rd grade all have a cough and their families have logged their cough in their Kinsa app. Let's also assume that there are more than ten 3rd-grade families taking part. The school's health dashboard will not say "Abigail, Brianna, and Charlie have a cough". Instead, it will say "There are 3 reports of cough in the 3rd grade".
Families who take part in the FLUency program can order a free Kinsa QuickCare smart thermometer in the Kinsa app. Once orders are received, we ship them directly to your school to give out to families. You can only receive a free thermometer if you order one through the Kinsa app. Also, free thermometers can only be shipped to your school - not to your home.
The Kinsa app allows families to record and share, temperature readings, symptoms, and
diagnosis with your school community, all while keeping their information anonymous and aggregated at the grade or school level.