Recently you may have seen media reports or expressions of concern regarding the use of wireless technology within schools and public buildings.

The District School Board would like to take the opportunity to assure all our school community partners – students, staff, parents, volunteers and community members – that student safety is, and always will be, our first priority as a school board.

As educators, our responsibility to improve the lives of the students in our care is unquestioned and forms the core of our decision making.

As you can understand, in areas of public health we rely on the guidance and direction established by experts in the field. In this case, Health Canada, the World Health Organization, and provincial health authorities have all concluded that the use of wireless technology does not pose a public health risk.

Most recently, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, and the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion have confirmed the safety of this technology. A presentation by Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health, Peterborough County-City Health Unit, was shared with our CIO last week which further endorses the safety of wireless networks within public institutions. As well, the CIO association of Canada will be hosting an online E-seminar on Wifi Safety with Public Health experts later this month.

Our Technology

The DSBN uses Meru 320 (both the i and non-i version) Access Points also known as base stations. (Specifications can be found at here).

All equipment conforms to: Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Information technology equipment safety (60950-1) from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CAN/CSA-C22.2) and Commission Electrotechnique Internationale (IEC).

 

Documents supporting Safety in Wireless Technology

Prudent Avoidance Policy on Siting Telecommunication Towers and Antennas by Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health
Meru Networks on Health Concerns associated with Radio Frequency Exposure from Wi-Fi™ by Meru
Radiofrequency Radiation Measurements Public Wi-Fi Installations in Hong Kong by OFTA, Hong Kong
Health Effects of Wireless Telephone Transmission Towers by Dr. Sheela V. Basrur, Medical Officer of Health
Health Canada - Wireless Device Safety by Health Canada
Wireless Technology - A review of the Science - Power Point Presentation
ON THE SAFETY OF WI-FI 
Letters from Dr. R. Pellizzar
Wireless technology and health outcomes: Evidence and Review 

Useful Links 

Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion - www.oahpp.ca 
Ontario Ministry of Education - www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng 
Public Health Protection and Prevention Branch, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care - www.health.gov.on.ca/en 
World Health Organization (WHO) - www.who.int 
Industry Canada - www.ic.gc.ca 
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) - www.icnirp.de