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Local elementary uses smart thermometers hoping to keep students healthier

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Local elementary uses smart thermometers hoping to keep students healthier (WEYI)

A local elementary school is using new technology with a goal of keeping their students happy and healthy.

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Central Elementary in Vassar is utilizing the KINSA Smart Thermometer and App in hopes of keeping students and staff healthier throughout the school year.

The digital thermometer syncs with the app that collects and shares health info in real time.

"I can go into the app and I can see which area of the school has reported sicknesses or fevers so I can kind of keep an eye on what is going around," said Amanda Smith, a parent and staff member at Central Elementary.

Thanks to a grant, all family and staff were eligible for a free thermometer in Oct.

"I thought it was a really nice resource for our families to see the trends and patterns going on in our school in terms of overall health and then it also helps me as the administrator to know if we have to do a deep clean of our school or disinfect our school more thoroughly," said Central Elementary Principal, Lisa Riccobono.

The technology is user friendly. If your child says they aren't feeling well, take their temperature with the smart thermometer and refer to the app. The app will then give suggestions on how to treat your child and also allows you to report symptoms, diagnosis and medications used.

The app doesn't just allow you to track your kid though, you can also see what is happening throughout their school and grade level.

"It’s important to take our children's temperatures because they are everywhere, they touch everything, they want to hug you, they touch other people and other desks," said Riccobono.

While names aren't revealed, you can see how many students are reporting things like fevers, strep throat, chicken pox, and more.

"It’s just a piece of mind because I do come in contact with a lot of the kids in the school and I just like to know what I need to look out for," said Smith.

In addition to the thermometers, Central Elementary received Lysol disinfecting wipes to help keep the school clean.

You can read Kinsa's mission statement below:

At Kinsa, we believe that the way to stop illness from spreading is to know where and when it’s starting. So we took the most common health device in the world and reimagined it in a single way: we connected it to your smartphone.

Kinsa thermometers guide our millions of users to the care they need when they fall ill, while gathering aggregated, anonymous information to better understand what illnesses are circulating.

Here is a list of schools in Michigan using these smart thermometers:

  • Central Elementary School - Vassar
  • Marcellus Elementary - Marcellus
  • Addison Community Schools - Addison
  • Onsted Elementary School - Onsted
  • P.D. Graham Elementary - Westland
  • Gobles Elementary School - Gobles
  • Madison-Carver Academy - Detroit
  • Chestnut Hill Elementary School - Midland
  • Montabella Elementary School - Blanchard
  • Ellsworth Community Schools- Ellsworth
  • Ballard Elementary School - Niles
  • Zilwaukee Elementary School - Saginaw
  • South Meadows Elementary, North Creek Elementary - Chelsea
  • Pullen Elementary, Mary McGuire Elementary - Mt Pleasant
  • Fern Persons Elementary, Olivet Middle School - Olivet
  • Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School - Detroit
  • Bangor Lincoln School - Bay City
  • Rogers City Elementary -Rogers City
  • Iris Becker Elementary - Dearborn
  • William C. Abney Academy - Grand Rapids
  • Four Corners Montessori Academy - Madison Hts
  • Rainbow Elementary - Clinton Twp
  • Montabella Elementary - Blanchard
  • Caseville Public School - Caseville
  • Stewart Elementary School - Stevensville
  • Monroe Road Elementary - Lambertville
  • Drummond Island Elementary - Drummond Island