WiFi and Wireless Device Safety
It is natural to look at changes in our schools with concern. However, District 318 would never endanger its students or staff. The health and safety of all within our buildings is one of our primary concerns.
Questions have been raised about the effects of WiFi technology on health. While it is true that WiFi devices generate RF fields, as do cell phones, cell towers, radar, microwaves, and radio and TV broadcasts, they do so at very low levels. A thorough U.S study to review research about health effects from WiFi devices was done by the Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Neither of these two agencies found any adverse health effects in humans due to exposure to low-level RF fields.
RF exposure limits have been set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the Institute of Electrical and Electonics Engineers. The World Health Organization references the limits developed by those two organizations as the recommended RF emissions for wireless devices. ISD 318 has been actively working with its technology partners to ensure that all wireless devices fall below the limits set by these institutions.
If you have questions about these limits or devices, or would like documentation of our technology's partners' compliance with these limits, please contact the Assistant Superintendent, Rochelle Van Den Heuvel at 218-327-5706.
Studies, reports, and additional information about the emission of RF fields are available from the following sources:
Mobile phones and wi-fi do not cause cancer, researchers find
The truth about cell phones and cancer
The World Health Organization: Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health
Washington State Department of Health: WiFi Safety in Schools
Federal Communications Commission: RF Safety
Federal Communications Commission: Wireless Devices and Health Concerns
US Food & Drug Administration: Radiation Emitting Products
The World Health Organization's Electromagnetic Fields Project
GSMA's Summary of Scientific Research