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UPDATE: Student Refused Admission in School After Declining to Get Required Vaccinations

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Olivia Hudok is still not allowed to enter Pickens High School after she refused to get required immunizations.

Hudok, the Randolph County Board of Education, and the Board of Health were in court for a hearing Friday.

Hudok said the board will give her homebound instruction if she wants.

Hudok said the case is in a "holding pattern" to see how a similar case plays out in Kanawha County.

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Twelfth graders in West Virginia are now required to show proof of two vaccinations, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough) and meningitis, in order to be eligible for the school year.

A student in Randolph County is approaching week two of ineligibility.  But Olivia Hudok, 17, is ineligible by choice.

"I have religious convictions and also medical reasons as to why I would not like to get these required vaccines," said Olivia Hudok.

Hudok is on track to be her class's valedictorian. But that may not happen if she's not allowed in school.

The Randolph Elkins Health Department denied Hudok's request for exemption from the policy and ordered that she be refused admission to Randolph County Schools.

The Randolph County Schools Superintendent, Jim Phares, said the board is currently working with both the family and the health department.

Olivia's father is a teacher at Pickens School and, like Olivia, values every minute spent in the classroom. But he and his daughter are prepared to "stick it out" for what they believe in.

"I will not give in. There is no compromise," Olivia Hudok said.

For now, Olivia's work is sent home with her father and she's taking classes at Davis and Elkins College.

But being out of school isn't easy for her.

"It's really sad. I've been with the same students since I was in third grade. I left school that Friday thinking 'wow, am I ever going to see them again?'" Olivia Hudok said.

"She's doing the best she can. But it's stressful. Her friends are worried about her. She's a strong girl, but she's 17 years old. She's still a young lady," Phil Hudok said.

The Hudok's have filed a lawsuit against Randolph County Schools.

The Hudok's have also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order while the issue is in litigation.

That motion is currently in review.

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