Wi-fi will continue to be available in North Okanagan-Shuswap schools.
The district has turned down a request from the Citizens for Safe Technology to ban Wi-fi in an elementary, middle and high school and to hold a public forum on the issue.
In a letter to the group, the school board states it holds the safety of children as its highest priority and is always open to community concerns about potential harm.
“After reviewing scientific evidence from double-blind studies regarding electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) from a number of sources the board accepts the consultation of the World Health Organization that while the symptoms are certainly real, EHS has no diagnostic criteria and there is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to electromagnetic pulse exposure.”
Trustees believe it’s not their place to hold a public forum on health issues around electromagnetic pulse but would be interested in hosting a forum based on sharing and discussing appropriate digital citizenship for students such as screen time and Internet safety.