The CWS dress code is designed to support the education of all our students. We believe that an optimal learning environment is achieved when students are dressed in clothes that do not distract or detract from the mood of serious academic and artistic work and positive social relations. Furthermore, the Waldorf curriculum involves quite a bit of physical activity (both inside the classroom and out) that requires safe, sturdy clothing that provides optimal movement.
Lastly, we strive to provide a learning environment that supports a dress code which allows opportunity for our students to personally express themselves without the need to meet societal pressures.
The CWS Faculty must have the support of our parents to enforce the dress code successfully.
Please keep the following dress code guidelines in mind when school clothes shopping and dressing each morning.
Guidelines for Clothing & Footwear
Clothing & shoes must be well-fitted.
Students should be dressed for all kinds of weather with adequate layers of clothing.
Clothing should provide coverage from mid-sternum to mid-thigh (i.e. No low-cut tops, bare midriffs, sagging pants, short shorts, etc.) Shirts should cover the midriff even when arms are raised. Students should consider wearing shorts under skirts to allow for maximum, uninhibited, confident movement during classroom and outdoor activity.
Personal accessories and appearance such as jewelry, hats, nail polish, or hairstyles shall not distract or detract a student, teacher or classmates from serious learning. Makeup and unnatural hair color are not allowed. Threatening or anti-social words or images are not allowed.
Proper footwear must be worn at all times. Bare feet are not permitted. Footwear must be well-fitted, flat sole, shoes, boots or sandals. Weather-appropriate boots are required (i.e., rain boots and snow boots). Sandals must be sturdy for classroom and outdoor activities, and they must be fitted with a strap around the heel. The following types of footwear are not allowed: Clogs, platform shoes, platform boots, flip-flops or slip-on sandals (i.e., crocs).
Students need to wear clean shoes in their classrooms and around the building. Outdoor shoes such as winter or rain boots or other shoes worn outside for recess and outdoor class times must be kept in the student’s cubbie. This will help keep our building clean.
Students participating in Games class must have a proper a pair of gym shoes with non-marking soles to wear inside the school gymnasium. These shoes may or may not be in addition to a student’s “indoor shoes”. Please see the guidelines of your student’s class teacher and the Games teacher for their policy on gym shoes.
Students will get dirty!
Teachers have the responsibility and right to ask a student to change and/or remove clothing and/or accessories that distract or detract from serious and safe learning.
Additional Guidelines for Preschool and Kindergarten students
Clothing should be plain and simple with no media images.
Please provide a complete, labeled change of clothing, including socks and underwear, to be stored in the classroom.
Preschool and Kindergarten children are required to wear sun hats in the fall and spring. Hats must be in compliance with the CWS Dress Code. Please see the guidelines of each individual teacher for specific information on the Sunhat Policy.
Children wear non-skid slippers while in the Early Childhood classrooms (kindergarten and preschool). A pair of slippers will remain in the classroom and should be brought with the student on the first day of school. Slippers should be plain and simple-no media images allowed.