MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A complaint by a Pickens School senior kept out of the classroom for her refusal to get mandatory immunizations is on hold while a similar case plays out in another part of the state.
Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong ruled Friday that Olivia Hudok's complaint will be resolved after a similar case is handled in Kanawha County Circuit Court, Superintendent of Schools James Phares said.
Additional cases are pending in Ohio and Mercer counties, as well.
Phares said Wilfong allowed the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to formally intervene in the case. She also granted a preliminary injunction requiring the county to provide homebound instruction.
Hudok's father, Phil, a retired teacher, has been working with his daughter on schoolwork sent home by her teachers. It wasn't immediately clear whether the district will have to provide a separate teacher.
Olivia Hudok is one of only three seniors at the Pickens school, West Virginia's smallest public school. It's a combined elementary and high school with just 37 students this year.
Public health officials said allowing her to attend classes without the state-mandated immunizations could put other children at risk.
The girl refused to get Tdap and MCV4 boosters for religious reasons and because of concerns about toxic ingredients. The immunizations are designed to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and meningitis.
She and her father want an exemption from the requirement, which covers all seventh- through 12th-graders.