Updated Grade School Dress Code

The intention of the Grade School Dress Code is to support children in learning and playing safely and happily. We are committed to the following principles for our dress code while serving the students at our school:

1. Free Movement and Comfort

Students need to be able to freely move and perform all the fine and gross motor activities that are part of the curriculum. Clothing, jewelry, nails and hair that restrict free movement and/or prevent from fully participating in the lessons are therefore not allowed. This would include, but is not limited to: high heels, false nails, clothing that is too tight or baggy, clothing that is ripped, dragging on the floor or covering the hands, and low pants or short tops which don’t cover the mid-section of the body, even when arms are raised above the head.

Shoes should be sturdy, comfortable and suitable for all-day use. Shoes must fit snugly on the feet and shoelaces must be tied. Flip-flops or beach footwear are not permitted. Shoes need to have closed-toes for safety reasons. Runners are required for games and PE classes.

Hair should be tied up at the back, or fastened in a way that the students have an unrestricted view of the blackboard or any pedagogical activity.

2. Warmth

Outdoor clothing for students in Grades One to Three should include a set of water-resistant rain gear (coat, pants, and boots) at school. All grades should have water-resistant rain gear available.

In the cooler months, outdoor clothing should include long pants and sleeves, jackets, hats and mittens as weather dictates. Socks and appropriate shoes or boots are necessary as well.

It is suggested that younger grades keep an extra set of clothes at school, both for added warmth and for dry changes.

Sunhats are recommended on hot sunny days.

Note: hats and hoods may not be worn indoors.

3. Integrity and Simplicity

Students must dress, at all times, in clothes that are simple and not distracting. Clothing should reflect respect, integrity and be conducive to a healthy learning environment.

Any clothing item that does not follow the principle above is therefore not allowed. This would include but is not limited to: large distracting logos or writing, disrespectful language, advertisements, caricatures or any media characters, neon, glittery and sequined fabrics. This policy extends to lunch bags and backpacks.

Shirts must fit so that midriffs are thoroughly covered, making sure that the mid-section is covered, even when arms are raised above the head. Tank tops with spaghetti straps are not allowed, nor is any clothing that exposes undergarments.

Shorts or skirts must sit at, or below, mid-thigh.

VWS Spirit-wear and shirts with images that commemorate a Waldorf school event, such as the Olympiad, may be worn.

4. Jewelry, Hair and Makeup

Jewelry: Students may not wear chains, and/or spiked jewelry. For Grades one through three, small post earrings (no larger than earlobe) are okay. For Grades seven and eight, larger earrings are acceptable as long as they allow freedom of moment and are safe for pedagogical activities. Body piercings (other than earrings) are generally not permitted at our school.

Makeup: Makeup may not be worn from Grades one through six. For Grades seven and eight, subtle, natural-looking makeup may be worn at the teacher’s discretion. Grades seven and eight may also wear medium colour nail polish but is not recommended for strings players.

Hair colour: Dyeing in unnatural colours and bleaching of hair is not allowed. Hair highlights, as long as they are of a naturally occurring colour and natural in appearance, are allowed. Bangs should be trimmed or held back so that they stay out of students’ eyes.

5. Dress Code for Festivals

Festival attire should follow all the above requirements. Festival wear should be tidy and less casual than everyday wear. Students who arrive at a festival with clothing that does not meet the requirements may not be allowed to participate in or perform at the festival.