Did you know that the law has changed to keep children with asthma safe at school by enabling them to have access to a spare emergency inhaler? I am pleased that we have been able to purchase an emergency inhaler at our local pharmacy and can now ensure that every child with asthma gets the basic care they need, when they might actually need it most. I know that parents of our children with asthma are also relieved that the law has at last taken a more common sense approach to this surprisingly common health condition. It is hard to believe that previous legislation meant it was actually illegal for a school to have a spare emergency inhaler for a child to use in the event of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, even though exemptions allowed some organisations, including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the armed forces, to use emergency inhalers. We have recently updated our own Asthma Policy and have contacted all the families of children known to have asthma. If we haven’t contacted you and you feel your child may have been missed out, please contact us immediately as children who are not on our school asthma register will not be able to use the emergency inhaler. Tragically, children have died from asthma attacks in school, so it’s absolutely vital your child can have access to an emergency inhaler if he or she is having an asthma attack.