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Dress Code Policy

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The staff of Whatcom Hills Waldorf School takes great care to ensure that our school’s environment is aesthetically pleasing and conducive to learning. We encourage and appreciate ongoing parental support. Please be conscious of what your child is wearing each day at school.

Above all we want students to wear clothing that is comfortable, neatly mended, clean, and suitable for both classroom and outdoor play. Our dress code ensures the comfort and good health of all our students, excludes things that are extreme and distracting, and helps to provide an optimal learning environment. 

We are fully aware that our policy is quite specific and may represent a challenge for children, especially in the middle school years. This policy has been developed with great care and in dialogue with both parents and students. We are confident that its continued use will play a significant part in creating of a safe, pleasant, and appropriately stimulating learning environment for all the students on our campus.


The consequence of a dress code violation may be that students may not be allowed to enter the classroom. Please keep in mind that enforcement of the dress code by teachers is not necessary when parents send their children to school appropriately dressed. 


All ages

  • Please ensure that school clothing is without rips and tears, is not excessively baggy or excessively tight. Pants must fit securely around the waist, and pant legs may not drag on the ground. Shirts must have sleeves that do not cover the hands, and must fit so that midriffs are thoroughly covered; no skin may be visible at the waist, even when arms are raised above the head.

  • Tight leggings or stretch pants must be covered with shorts, a skirt or tunic that reaches the fingertip.

  • Clothing should be warm enough. Socks and appropriate shoes or boots are necessary in the cooler months. Students go outside for two recesses every day, and the school requires long pants and sleeves from October through March; specific dates will be announced. Short sleeves are acceptable inside year round.

  • Jackets, hats, hoods, and the like are required when the weather dictates them.

  • Outdoor clothing, including hats and hoods, may not be worn in the classroom.

  • Shoes must be sturdy, comfortable, and suitable for running. Shoes must fit snugly on the feet and be fastened or tied. No light-up shoes.

  • No unrelieved black attire, or excessive neon, glittery, or camouflage fabrics.

  • Indoor and outdoor clothing is required to be without writing.

  • No media characters, advertisements, caricatures, violence, or media figures on indoor or outdoor clothing or other school materials, e.g., lunch bags or backpacks. (See note under Grades Four through Eight).

  • Tank tops must be three finger widths at the shoulder seam. Short miniskirts, short shorts, and see-through clothes are not allowed.

  • Undergarments must not be visible.

  • Students may not wear heavy chains or spiked or bulky jewelry.

  • Makeup may not be worn. (See note under Grades Seven and Eight)

  • No strong cologne, perfume or strongly scented deodorants are allowed.

  • Dyeing, spiking, highlighting or bleaching of hair is not allowed.

  • No tattoos, henna, writing on skin, or body piercing (other than ears) are acceptable at our school.

  • No beeping watches or other mechanical devices that make noise are allowed; this includes cell phones, video games, electronic music devices, headphones, etc.

Preschool through grade two

  • Children must keep an extra set of clothes at school, both for added warmth and for dry changes.

  • Kindergarten and preschool children need to have well fitting slippers and a set of rain gear at school that includes a coat, pants, and boots.

  • No nail polish is allowed for these younger children.

Grades one through three

  • Small post earrings (no larger than earlobe) are okay at this age, as is clear nail polish beginning in Third Grade.

  • Indoor shoes are required for these grades; please ensure they fit snugly on the feet. Please avoid open back clog type shoes that are easily stepped out of during circle activities.       

 Grades four through eight

  • For safety reasons, only post earrings, which do not extend beyond the earlobe, are allowed.

  • Light colored nail polish and clear lip-gloss may be worn.

  • Shirts that commemorate a Waldorf school event, such as the Olympiad, may be worn.

Grades seven and eight

  • Subtle, natural looking makeup may be worn at the teacher’s discretion.

  • Subtle, natural looking highlights may be added to hair, with consent of class teacher.

  • Medium color nail polish may be worn.

  • Advertisement-free clothing that is associated with an outside sport or activity that student participates in may also be worn at teacher’s discretion.

Strings, choir, band performances

  • Girls should wear black skirts (knee length or longer) or pants, solid color jewel-tone shirts, blouses or tops with sleeves, and dark shoes.

  • Boys should wear black pants, solid color jewel-tone button-up shirts, and dark shoes.

  • Jewel tone includes: ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, amethyst purple and golden yellow.

updated Summer 2015

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