ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- Families St. Leo's School in Elmwood Park have only two weeks left to sign up for a free smartphone thermometer through the Kinsa Fluency program.
The Kinsa thermometer connects to smartphones via the headphone jack and uses the display, power and processing of the device to determine a precise temperature reading in less than 10 seconds, the company says.
Parents can also create profiles for each member of the family to record and monitor fever, symptoms and illness history.
St. Leo's was one of only 50 schools chosen from 850 applicants nationwide to participate the a special health program. All student familiies with smartphones will receive the $30 Kinsa thermometers in the mail as part of the manufacturer's FLUency program.
The devices allow parents to detect signs of potential health trouble earlier, leading to fewer sick days.
"Sick days are disruptive to learning, challenging for parents who must find childcare, and costly to schools that are already struggling with strapped resources," Inder Singh, Kinsa's founder and CEO said in a statement. "We are thrilled to be able to offer select schools a tool to help keep more children healthy and in class."