Dress Code

The Board recognizes that each student's mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of personal style and individual preference. The Board will not interfere with the right of students and their parents to make decisions regarding their appearance except when their choices affect the educational program of the schools or the health and safety of others. The Board authorizes the Superintendent to develop and enforce school regulations prohibiting student dress or grooming practices that:

  • Present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others in the school.
  • Materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program.
  • Cause excessive wear or damage to school property.
  • Prevent students from achieving their educational objectives.
  • Represent membership in a gang.

Students who volunteer for extracurricular activities, such as athletics, band, chorus, etc., are subject to the standards of dress as defined by the sponsors of such activities.

Obscene language or symbols, or symbols of sex, drugs, or alcohol on clothing are expressly prohibited.

Adopted: date of manual adoption

LEGAL REF.: 6.11.2.9 NMAC CROSS REF.: JICF - Secret Societies/Gang Activity

A. An appropriate fitting shirt that covers all of the student’s waist front and back and pair of appropriate fitting pants and shoes that meet the regulations below would be an example of correct dress.

B. Shoes must be worn at all times

C. Skirts/dresses/shorts must be of appropriate length. Such items of clothing will be considered acceptable if they extend no less than one inch (1”) below the fingertips

The following will not be worn by any gender:

1. Halter tops, see-through, tight, or low-cut tops, muscle shirts, half-shirts or spaghetti straps. Blouses or tops that show excessive cleavage, midriff or belly button.
2. Pajamas, house slippers.
3. Sunglasses, (unless prescribed by a doctor, or worn for other verifiable medical reasons. chains or similar objects are not allowed in the building.
4. Attire or apparel (including patches, decals, buttons) that makes reference to violence, sex, gang membership, Satanism/occult, skulls, demons, tobacco, alcohol or drugs, weapons and safety pins, jewelry with spikes, chains, or other metal objects considered a safety hazard
5. Caps are not to be worn in buildings. When worn outside, they must be worn with the bill forward. Hats, and Headbands will not be worn inside the school buildings.
6. Hoods on sweatshirts or jackets will not be worn above the shoulders inside the school buildings.
7. Spandex, stretch pants, yoga pants or any type of skin tight attire may not be worn by itself. It may be worn underneath a skirt, a pair of appropriate shorts or a shirt that is long enough to ensure modesty.
8. Sagging or baggy pants worn below the waist or in a manner that allows underwear or bare skin to show, interferes with mobility, or could conceal weapons. Over length belts that dangle and long looping chains are in violation of the dress code. Low cut pants that show midriff or hips or torn pants exposing skin.
9. Tattoos that make reference to gang affiliations, Satanism/Occult, drugs, alcohol sex or violence must be covered.

All dress code issues are subject to administrative review and discretion. Exceptions for specific situations may be allowed by building administrators. Accommodations for students with disabilities or religious requirements will be made on an individual basis. Students with special needs conditions or requirements shall contact the building administrator for individual consideration.