As the chickenpox spread at Assumption Academy and its elementary school, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, the local health department restricted nonvaccinated and nonimmune students to prevent the spread. Affected students were first restricted from extracurricular activities, the Enquirer reported. Then, on March 14, they were ordered to stay home from school until at least 21 days after the last case.
Kunkel sued in Boone County Circuit Court, claiming the order discriminated against his religious beliefs. Judge James R. Schrand ruled against Kunkel.
Since Kunkel now has chickenpox, he’s considered immune to it. He hasn’t been to class since March 15, but hopes to return soon, Wiest said.
"The ban was stupid," Wiest said. "He could have contracted this in March and been back to school by now."
State health officials have criticized Wiest, saying he is "downplaying the dangers of the chickenpox."
"Encouraging the spread of an acute infection disease in a community demonstrates a callous disregard for the health and safety of friends, family, neighbors and unsuspecting members of the general public," the Northern Kentucky Health Department said in a statement.