Student Dress Code

Student dress and grooming is to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s attire promotes a positive, safe and healthy atmosphere within the school. Check your schools website and student handbook for specific codes.

Albuquerque Public Schools

Unacceptable clothing and accessories include, but are not limited to:

  • Gang-related attire
  • Excessively tight or revealing clothing
  • Short shorts
  • Clothing that exposes the stomach or midriff
  • Low-cut blouses
  • Spiked jewelry
  • Chains
  • Clothing or accessories promoting:
    • Drugs (including alcohol and tobacco)
    • Sexual activity
    • Violence
    • Disrespect or bigotry toward any group

While the Student Behavior Handbook outlines general guidelines for the student dress code, schools may customize their individual dress codes to address the needs and standards of their communities and neighborhoods.

Source: Albuquerque Public Schools

Rio Rancho

In the interest of encouraging positive school spirit, disciplined and focused educational environment, and promoting student safety, Rio Rancho Public Schools establishes the following Dress Code and Standard of Decency governing student dress at school and while participating in school-sponsored activities. Administrators shall have the discretion to determine the appropriateness of attire and grooming, and may make special exceptions for students in certain grades/subjects, such as vocational courses, physical education, for medical necessities.

Enforcement of this policy shall be in accordance with District disciplinary procedures for students. Enforcement of this policy shall not infringe on any individual’s religious beliefs or protected free speech.

Dress Code and Standard of Decency Students are expected to demonstrate personal grooming standards of cleanliness and to wear appropriate clothing while on campus, on field trips, and during off-campus events at which students represent Rio Rancho Schools for athletics or activities. Any personal grooming or clothing that disrupts the educational process or is provocative in nature is in violation of the Dress Code and Standard of Decency

The Dress Code and Standard of Decency includes but is not limited to the following:


  • All colors including, prints, checks, stripes, and plaids
  • Shirts with or without collars

Not allowed

  • Insignias can be no larger than 3 inches x 3 inches. No graphics, pictures, or writing on clothing shall be permitted except as part of an insignia.
  • Revealing or see-through clothing
  • Exposed underwear including boxers, sports bras, and bras
  • Saggy pants revealing underwear or any portion of the body below the naval.
  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, and skorts, including slits, shorter three (3) inches above the bend of the knee.
  • Sleeveless tops: all tops (male and female) are to have a sleeve
  • Pajamas (tops or bottoms), unless it is a sanctioned school function, i.e., pajama day
  • Ripped or torn clothing • Bandanas, ‘do-rags’, shower caps, and hairnets
  • Spiked jewelry and jewelry that is obscene, disruptive to the educational process or that could endanger students
  • Belt loop chains, wallet chains, and extended belts
  • Trench coats
  • Heelys
  • Flip-flops (elementary school)
  • Clothing and/or articles worn or carried by the student (includes face painting) displaying words or symbols or colors of gangs, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, racism, inappropriate language or images, or symbols of a sexual/sexist nature
  • Clothing and/or articles in violation of Policy 346, Gang Activity, which states that students shall not “wear . . . any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other items that evidences or reflects membership in or affiliation with any gang”
  • Visible cleavage, navels, and/or midriffs. No skin should be shown between the bottom of the shirt / blouse and the top of the pants/skirt when arms are stretched upward
  • Tube tops, spaghetti strap tops, halter tops, translucent blouses, midriff shirts/blouses

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