Responsible IPad Use in Classrooms
We stand for Hardwired Internet, Airplane-Mode On and Parental Consent.
Responsible IPad Use in Classrooms, is a group of Petaluma, CA parents who are banding together to protect their children from the current use and configuration of Wireless Access Points (WAPs), iPads, Chromebooks, laptops and other wirelessly-connected devices that leads to continuous, immediate and latent toxic hazards in Petaluma City Schools District (PCSD) classrooms.
Since February, 2016, various members of our group have tried to engage the PCSD School Board Members, the PCDS Superintendent, Gary Callahan, the PCSD Director of Technology, Lori Deen, and several PCSD Principals in genuine conversations with parents to define reasonable solutions that will eliminate the PCSD's current practice of pumping a known carcinogen into every PCSD K-12 classroom for 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
We have asked for meetings with the Superintendent, for the PCSD School Board to make this an agendized item at a future board meeting per CA Education Code 35145.5, and for the PCSD to simply to turn off the WAPs, in consideration of our children's health. In the last three months, nothing substantial has changed.
Radio-frequency ElectroMagnetic Fields (RF/EMF) microwave radiation from any man-made source has been declared a known carcinogen world-wide since May, 2011. Now, four full years later, in May 2016, after the PCSD spent nearly $5 Million of taxpayer money on purchasing, installing and configuring wireless equipment throughout the PCSD, the United States National Toxicology Program (NTP), part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), released substantial scientific proof of its a 15+ year, $25 million investigation, the largest and most complete toxicology study ever completed. Dr. Ronald L. Melnick, the lead designer of the NTP study stated on 6/1/16:
So, what's the message from all of this? We tested the hypothesis that [radio-frequency] radiation could not cause health effects and we feel that the hypothesis has now been disproved because these results clearly show that that [radio-frequency] radiation can cause adverse health effects. . .
The finding of increases of gliomas and schwannomas of the heart in rats exposed to the radio-frequency radiation provides consistency with the epidemiological reports of increases of gliomas and acoustic neuromas, which are tumors of Shwann cells among humans exposed to [radio-frequency] radiation. Those were the findings that provided the basis for the IARC evaluation of 2011, because the same cells that became cancerous in rats are the cells that have been reported to develop into tumors in [human] epidemiological studies . . .
The incidence of tumors is not the measurement of risk alone. Risk is determined from both the dosimetry, which is the absorbed power [multiplied by] time [of exposure], versus the tumor response . . . because of the large number of [exposed human] users worldwide, even a small increase in risk at exposure propensities that may be close to what humans experience, could result in a large number of people developing a RF-radiation-induced tumor with long-term exposure.
Listen for yourself to the eminent scientists who designed and executed the $25 Million NTP/NIEHS Radiofrequency Radiation study:
John Bucher, Ph.D.
Associate Director, National Toxicology Program (NTP)
Michael Wyde, Ph.D.
National Toxicology Program NTP/NIEHS RFR Study Director
Ronald L. Melnick, PhD.
Retired, Former lead designer of the NTP/NIEHS RFR Study
Video evidence of many entries into the public record from 2013 to 2016 proves that the problems of RF/EMF microwave radiation causing adverse health effects were well-known by the PCSD Board Members, Superintendent and Technology Director back in 2013 and 2014 — well before the PCSD decided to spend nearly $5 million of taxpayer's funds to pump a known carcinogen into every PCSD K-12 classroom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For many good reasons, including . . .
. . . parents, we must now band together to stop the PCSD from irradiating everyone on and near its school campuses and then get the PCSD to implement the simple, low cost, solutions described here, to protect the health and safety of PCSD students, of PCSD employees, of parent volunteers at PCSD schools, of the fetuses of any pregnant teachers or volunteers and of nearby Petaluma residents. Importantly, these solutions will preserve 80% or more of the PCSD's $5 million investment — by enabling the PCSD-issued iPads, Chromebooks, laptops and other equipment to connect to the internet via USB-to-Ethernet adapters and Ethernet cables.
Reponsible iPad Use in Classrooms supports technology that is configured and used in ways that protect our children on Petaluma's K-12 school campuses — and at home.
. . . including the PCSD Board Members, Superintendent and Technology Director.