School isolates pupil after he returns to class with two-tone lockdown hair

A student was put into isolation on his day back at school after months of home learning due to his lockdown hairstyle.

Jacob Lee-Stokes' mum has complained about what she sees as unfair treatment on the day he was supposed to be reunited with classmates at Humberstone Academy in Grimsby.

While at home Jacob had dyed his hair blue and pink before washing it out and dying his naturally ginger barnet, blonde, Grimsby Live reports.

Unable to get it fixed by a professional, with hairdressers and barbers currently closed, the 15-year-old ended up being isolated when schools returned on Monday because of his two-tone hair.

The school has insisted it is "empathetic" but expects families – who have known about the start date for schools for two weeks – to "take appropriate steps," despite hairdressers and barbers being closed under coronavirus restrictions.

Mum Gemma Leaning said: "Jacob is naturally ginger and it won't take to try to dye it one colour. There are loads of students with dyed hair.

"There are some whose hair colour has come back through the roots and looks two-tone. But for some it is acceptable but not for Jacob.

"After all the weeks of home learning and he goes off to school for 8.20am and then I get a call at 9.15am on the first day to say he is in isolation for the whole day, is outrageous.

"I understand the school policy and would normally have taken him to the hairdressers but no one has that option during lockdown."

According to the mum, other students also spent their first day back in isolation for wearing the wrong shoes.

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Jacob said his registration on the first morning was approved but he was stopped outside class.

He said: "I would like to see schools focus more on how well kids are doing in themselves rather than how they look and how the school looks.

"All schools need to focus on kids' mental health and not just say they are looking after students' mental health. I just want to get back in to lessons."

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A spokesperson for David Ross Education Trust, which runs the school, said: "Whilst we have high expectations when it comes to uniform, we are also empathetic – so for instance, if a student comes into school without the right uniform, we are able to provide spare items for them to wear.

"We also have clear expectations of appropriate hair styles, including hair dye.

"Whilst it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to provide details on individual cases, parents and students have known for some time now that the first day back at school would be March 8, and we expect families to take appropriate steps meeting our existing policies for a smooth return back to school."

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