Student ordered to continue home schooling - WOWK
Despite WOWK‘s headline proclaiming this is a homeschooling issue, the Randolph County Board of Education is actually in charge of this teenager’s education with homebound instruction.
A West Virginia family is refusing the state required vaccinations, as the father seeks a religious exemption. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, West Virginia and Mississippi are the two states not allowing a religious or philisophical exemption from some or all mandated vaccinations. (Medical exemptions are allowed in all states.)
This year the state mandated all students entering seventh and twelfth grades to receive certain vaccinations.
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.
Courtland Milloy penned a January, 2007 article in the Washington Post: Force Is Not the Only Way to Administer a Vaccine . One of his points below hits home in this West Virginia situation:
All child vaccinations in New Hampshire are voluntary. The state doesn’t kick girls out of school because they didn’t get a vaccine. It understands that parents can become overwhelmed and need encouragement — not just threats and kicks in the butt. And as a result, the state has one of the highest rates of child immunization in the nation.