From 1/06/2015—6/08/2017, influenza A and B were detected in 249 and 93 of 1,514 visited students in the Oregon School District, respectively. Of medically attended influenza (MAI) patients at five Dane County surveillance clinics, 630 had influenza A and 246 had influenza B. Over the first 3 years of ORCHARDS, absenteeism due to illness was significantly correlated with MAI in the community with a 15-day lead time. Absenteeism due to influenza-like illness was significantly correlated with MAI in the community with a 1-day lead time. Total absenteeism performed poorly, following MAI by 9 days. This system allows a replicable and inexpensive system to monitor for influenza.