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Local School in Kansas Stops the Spread of Disease While Making Use of a New Technology


The University Academy in Kansas City has been chosen to be part of Kinsa's Fluency Program to use a new technology to stop the spread of illnesses in the classrooms.

Kinsa is a health company that provides smart thermometers to rapidly track down diseases at home and in the schools. There were 500 schools across the country that were selected and University Academy was one of those.

The smart thermometer gives the user the ability to detect the illnesses that are going on in the classrooms. "The thermometer attaches to your smart phone and with that device on your app, you're able to track all the illnesses that's going on with your students. And so if they're having a runny nose or a headache or chills, you can document that in the app and so you have an accurate record for your child." University Academy nurse, Bobbi Leavitt said.

Nola Faulkner, a mom and a kindergarten teacher in the university finds the thermometer very useful especially when it comes to monitoring the things that are going on at home as well as in her classroom.

"I think the thermometer is great because I could connect it to my smart phone and it's available so the nurses can know what's going on. I think that's really nice," Faulkner said. "We're able to look at it on the feed and to know if there's something going on so I can know what's going on so I can be aware what's going on in my classroom, which is very important having kindergartners who really can't tell and talk their symptoms out." She added.

Leavitt said that this new technology will be very useful and helpful to manage and control the spread of illness in the classrooms before they even happen.

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