UPDATE: Girl allowed to return to school; mother seeks policy change
A Caprock Academy student who was held out of school Monday because she violated the dress code by shaving her head in support of a friend battling childhood cancer was allowed to return to school this morning.
“She got up, got ready, and held her head high as she walked into her classroom this morning. To say her dad and I are proud, is a total understatement,” Jamie Renfro, the mother of Kamryn Renfro, posted on her Facebook page this morning.
In a Facebook posting Monday evening, Jamie Renfro said she doesn’t blame the school or the board of directors and insists her family’s top priority is to get the school’s policy changed.
Renfro said the school’s headmaster, Kristin Trezise, was kind and respectful when she told Renfro that her Kamryn couldn’t attend class on Monday. And Renfro said the president of the board of directors, Catherine M. Norton Breman, responded to her emails promptly and gave her information as far as how to change the policy in the parent handbook.
“Our number one priority was and is still to get the policy revised at Caprock, as well as bring it to the attention of any other schools that may have a similar dress code, and get Kamryn back into the classroom to help make her statement about childhood cancer awareness,” Renfro posted on Facebook.
Kamryn Renfro shaved her head over the weekend to show support for her friend Delaney Clements, a Grand Junction girl diagnosed in 2010 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. Kamryn was told she couldn’t return to school until her hair grew back. Caprock’s handbook forbids students’ sporting shaved heads at school.
In a statement released Monday, Caprock said its board of directors will meet tonight at 6 at the school at 714 24 1/2 Road to discuss the possibility of making an exception to the school policy.
The story has gone viral, with media outlets and websites across the country picking up the story. Jamie Renfro said she was contacted by media outlets on both U.S. coasts on Monday.
Renfro said she will continue to send her three daughters to Caprock.
“My kids have been in Caprock since they opened their doors 7 years ago, and they will continue to go to Caprock, because we also believe in giving them the best education possible,” she wrote on Facebook.
She ended her Monday post by saying, “As much as I ask for support and prayers for Kamryn, I ask for the same for Delaney and her family…because if it wasn’t for that amazing little girl, no one would care quite as much as they do!!”