In November 2019, school nurse Alisha Palmer watched as a virus spread throughout the third grade at Jackson Park Elementary in North Carolina. But because she had access to a digital portal provided by a smart-thermometer company called Kinsa, Palmer was able to temperature-test every kid and slow the spread of the flu-like virus.
Kinsa’s school program, called FLUency, was originally developed to help schools track flu transmission in classrooms by providing every family with a smart thermometer that was hooked up to the digital portal. But the program’s approach could also provide a blueprint for how schools might approach reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Though experts caution it’s still too early to reopen schools, a program such as FLUency could equip school nurses and parents to make informed decisions about when kids should stay home once class is in session again. Read more here