Kinsa FLUency™ School Health Program for NYC Schools

Reducing the spread of illness in school communities by providing earlier detection and response so we can all stay healthier.

Through a partnership with New York City, we are pleased to offer Kinsa’s proven school health program - FLUency - for free to NYC public schools. For 6 years, FLUency has reduced illness and absenteeism in thousands of schools across the country.

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

“... understanding if [a disease] is coming from one grade or one classroom—where we know the kids are clustering together—helps you stem a potential outbreak of flu or another virus”

Assistant Professor

Harvard Medical School

Ishani Ganguli

Arm families and staff with an essential health tool

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

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.

Understand the health of your school community

Your private dashboard aggregates anonymous health trends at the grade level, all while fully protecting privacy - no individual data is shared by Kinsa. 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 schools and parents make better decisions based on anonymous, aggregate illness trends by grade level. Click through each option below to learn how.

School Leaders can easily know illness levels across all grades in real-time.

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

Teachers can understand 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 get immediate guidance on what to do next when their kiddo falls ill, helping them get better faster.

Helping parents make informed decisions about how to keep their kids and their families healthy.
“[Kinsa] gives me a way to keep track of temperatures and symptoms for my family...I usually wouldn't be able to recall the information with such detail. I loved being able to learn about…[the] 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....I feel like I could anonymously share information as easily as I received it.”
FLUency Parent

Getting started with FLUency

Participating schools will receive a Welcome Kit with everything you’ll need to get started, and canisters of Lysol disinfectant wipes for your school! Kinsa takes care of all the logistics and supports you every step of the way, making enrollment quick and easy.

Privacy is our priority

Understand illness levels at your school without sacrificing privacy. All illness data is anonymous and aggregated, ensuring individual data stays private while you get the information you need to stay safe and healthy.

FLUency in the News

See how our schools program has been benefiting families and staff in over 4,000 schools across the country.


Contribute to Kinsa’s early warning system 

Check out HealthWeather 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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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the FLUency program work?

Kinsa’s FLUency program helps stop the spread of illness in schools. For seven years, FLUency has been helping school communities understand and respond to spreading illness so we can all stay healthier. 

With FLUency, students and staff will get Kinsa’s award-winning smart thermometer and medical triage app for free. Families can effectively monitor fever and symptoms at home and get immediate care recommendations right when a loved one falls ill, helping them get better faster.

School leaders can see aggregated, anonymous illness trends by grade (no private information is shared), empowering them to encourage safe and healthy behaviors to school families and staff when they are most needed (like asking them to look out for symptoms of spreading illness, disinfect commonly-used surfaces, or practice good hand washing). With more information, participants have more power to keep the community safe from not only COVID-19, but also annual and common illnesses like the flu or strep.

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

If you’re a school administrator, (e.g. principal, parent coordinator, or nurse), 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? 

You will receive everything you need from Kinsa to run the program, including free thermometers and Lysol disinfectants, electronic brochures you can distribute, and access to a school portal. The portal will enable you to easily monitor illness spread in your school and send announcements to students and staff.

4. Does this program create more work for already-overworked school administrators and leaders?

No! Our goal is to decrease the workload on school administrators and leaders 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 leaders 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 NYC Department of Education screening tool?

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

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

6. How can Kinsa afford to send out thermometers at no cost to schools, staff, students, or families?

Thanks to a sponsorship by Lysol, Kinsa is able to send out tens of thousands of thermometers to school families each year at no cost to schools, staff, students, or families. 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: Kinsa does not and will not share any data from the program with Lysol or any third party. 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!

    Here’s an email you can copy and paste to your IT department:

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 earlier 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..