Welcome to TechSafeSchools
School is a child's workplace – an environment where students can spend up to eight hours a day, five days a week. Some schools serve as both workplaces and homes for students. As parents, teachers and administrators, we must ensure that these environments are as safe as possible.
Todays' classrooms are filled with countless wireless devices, from laptops and tablets to smart boards and smart speakers, not to mention personal cell phones. All of these devices emit radiofrequency (RF) radiation, and the exposure is cumulative.
Recent U.S. government studies have confirmed what many other studies have shown: the decades-old theory that non-ionizing radiation only causes thermal effects is wrong. Exposure to RF radiation, even at levels below government standards, can also cause biological harm, and is increasingly recognized around the world as a public health problem. The developing bodies of children are particularly vulnerable.
Now the question for school administrators is, how can we create a safe learning environment for our students without impacting our technology-based curriculum?
The TechSafeSchools program is designed to help you find answers: to provide you, your staff and your board with legal information, technical assistance and communications templates.
Our goal is to help you create the safest environment possible. - what we call the "21st Century Resilient School." Please explore the materials contained in this website and let us know how we can help you.
"The health and wellness of our school community has always been a top priority, and reducing the RFR exposure to staff and students was an important step in protecting everyone. Our IT staff executed our safer technology-based curriculum by significantly reducing exposure without impacting the delivery of our curriculum."
– Amber Way, Head of School, the Linbrook School, Ontario, Canada
“We had a consultant come in and assess all of our buildings for RF and EMF radiation, helping us understand the sources and their contributions. Based on this assessment, we wired all our classrooms with Ethernet, and were able to reduce the power output of our few wireless access points to 25% without any noticeable impact on performance."
"From our perspective, even though we don't have all the answers, it's much better to take precautionary measures than to take the risk, especially when it comes to our students."
- Frances Cameron, Head of School, The Hartsbrook School, Hadley, MA