ELKINS, W.Va. -- A judge says the Randolph County Board of Education must continue to provide homebound instruction to a high school senior who has refused to get state-mandated vaccinations.
The InterMountain reported that Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong issued the ruling Thursday.
Olivia Hudok and father Phil had sued the school board in September, seeking a religious exemption that would let Olivia resume classes at the Pickens School. It's the state's smallest public school, 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 Circuit Court.
On Oct. 17, that court upheld the state Department of Health and Human Resources' rule that all seventh- through 12th-graders get Tdap and MCV4 booster vaccinations. The immunizations are designed to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and meningitis.
The school board then sought a dismissal of Wilfong's temporary order.
Attorney Greg Bailey argued that Randolph County has no jurisdiction over the matter, which involved a state agency and was resolved in the legally appropriate venue for state policies.