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Great Bend Schools plan to combat illness with smart thermometers
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In an effort to stop the spread of illness in school populations, Great Bend USD 428 was recently awarded a partnership grant for Kinsa’s FLUency program, providing a free smart thermometer to all families of elementary school students who wish to participate. 

“This program couldn’t come at a better time,” said Libbie Merritt, school nurse at Lincoln and Eisenhower Elementary. “Monitoring temperatures is an important practice and helps identify a number of illnesses. As we prepare for cold and flu season, in the midst of a pandemic, the smart thermometers will be a great tool for our elementary families.”

Families that wish to participate can sign-up for the program by texting the word “FLUency” to the number 900900. From there, instructions are provided on how to download a mobile app and officially sign-up for the thermometer that will be delivered to their school in late October.


About Kinsa

Kinsa’s mission is to stop the spread of contagious illness through early detection and early response. FLUency is Kinsa’s school health program. For the past five years, FLUency has partnered with sponsors to provide parents free thermometers and a smartphone app to help detect and respond to spreading illnesses. By launching a FLUency program, Kinsa is helping individuals access appropriate care early, helping communities respond to and curb the spread of illness, as well as tracking and predicting the spread of illness across the U.S. with safe an anonymized reporting. 

For more information, contact the USD 428 District Office, 620-793-1500, or visit