W.Va. judge: County must educate unvaccinated girl

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A judge says the Randolph County Board of Education must continue providing homebound instruction to a high school senior who refused to get state-mandated vaccinations.

The InterMountain (http://bit.ly/YYps8G) says Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong issued the ruling Thursday.

Olivia Hudok and father Phil sued the school board in September, seeking a religious exemption that would let Olivia resume classes at the Pickens School.

The school is the state's smallest public institution with just 37 students. Olivia is one of only three seniors.

Wilfong had previously ordered the district to provide instruction while another lawsuit over immunizations played out in Kanawha County.

On Oct. 17, the Kanawha County Circuit Court upheld the state Department of Health and Human Resources' rule that all seventh- through 12th-graders get Tdap and MCV4 booster vaccinations.

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Information from: The Inter-Mountain, http://www.theintermountain.com

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