Dress Code

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Dress Code Information

The Caldwell Elementary uniform should be worn daily as a symbol of school pride. Research has shown that uniforms make students feel self-confident and reduce distractions, promoting an academic atmosphere, as well as a professional appearance.

If a student is not dressed appropriately, a parent may be called to bring proper clothing or a uniform will be loaned.

Uniform Tops:

Navy or Red Collared Shirts or School T-shirt (NO WHITE SHIRTS)
 Must have long or short sleeves
 Knit polo-type, Oxford or woven dress shirts, blouses, turtlenecks
 School t-shirts are available for purchase through the office.

Uniform Bottoms:

Navy, Khaki, or Blue Jeans
 Jeans may not have any rips, holes or tears.
 Shorts must be mid-thigh or longer in length.
 Shorts/pants may not be excessively baggy or too tight.
 Shorts/pants must be worn at the waist.
 Joggers, jogging pants, leggings, sweatpants are not allowed.

Cold Weather Guidelines:

Jackets, sweater, coats must have a zipper or button closure. Hoods may not be worn once students have reached the campus. Sweatshirts with the Caldwell logo are available for purchase and meets all dress code guidelines. Girls may also wear solid colored leggings.
On very cold days, students who walk, bike, etc. may wear sweatpants, etc. over their school clothes on their way to/from school. However, any clothing that does not meet dress code requirements must be removed before school begins.


Shoes must be safe and appropriate. For safety, shoes must be tied/fastened when possible.
 No high heels
 No open toe or open heel shoes
 No Flip-flops
 No Sandals

A belt must be worn and be visible with all uniform shorts and pants with belts loops.

Ankle or mid-calf length socks must be matching. Girls’ hosiery/tights may only be navy blue, white, black or natural with no designs.

Backpacks for kindergarten-2nd grades. Zippered binders for 3-5 grades. Zippered binders with straps are acceptable.

Hats/hoods, sweatbands, bandanas, costume headbands/ears, combs, and curlers are not allowed. Students must be neatly groomed. No personal grooming in the classroom or the cafeteria.

Jewelry that distracts from the educational focus (excessively large and noisy earrings and bracelets,) may not be worn.

BYOD: Students may bring approved devices (IPads, tablets, cell phones and headphones) for use with teacher discretion. Cell phones should not be out in the classroom/hallway or cafeteria without permission from a staff member. Caldwell is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Special Days:

Reward Dress Day: Students may wear clothes of choice or a specific theme, adhering to the criteria set forth in the Polk County Code of Conduct and student handbook. All clothing must be free of rips, tears, and fit the student appropriately at the waist. Skirts/dresses/shorts should be mid-thigh or longer in length. Tops may not be low cut. No sweatpants, joggers, overalls, yoga pants, gym shorts, running shorts, leggings, tank-tops or P.J.’s, spaghetti straps. Shirts do not need to be tucked in on special days. No flip-flops, slides or sandals without backs.


The Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, decoration, etc. It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweatpants, knit pants/ skirts, leggings, etc. A small logo is acceptable. Clothing may not be disruptive, distracting, or display offensive language/symbols, etc.


If you have any questions regarding Caldwell’s Uniform Policy, please contact the main office at 863-965-5470.


Nondiscrimination Statement:
The School Board of Polk County, Florida, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, homelessness, or disability or other basis by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment.