A new Illinois state law went into effect January 1 that required all school personnel who work with students to be trained to handle asthma emergencies.

Under the new legislation signed by Gov Bruce Rauner in August, school districts must adopt an emergency response protocol for asthma — similar to those used in the case of anaphylaxis or fire.

And every child with asthma must have a written “asthma action plan” on file at the school to allow the most efficient and helpful treatment when needed.

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