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Dress Code

Dress Code Rules

Students are required to wear the following:

  • Shirt with a collar and a sleeve (polo, button-up or the like) and solid color pants, shorts or skirts. 
  • Shirts with buttons must be buttoned up. 
  • Spirit shirts are also acceptable (GMS shirts, UNM, NMSU, other NM colleges).
  • Shorts and skirts must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.
  • If the student is wearing a hoodie or jacket over their shirt they will be required to have the required dress code shirt under.
  • Hoodies or Jacket worn during the school day cannot have graphics.

 

Garfield Middle School and the Board of Education expect student dress and grooming to reflect high standards of personal conduct so that each student’s attire promotes a positive, safe and healthy atmosphere within the school.  Student dress may not present a health or safety hazard, violate municipal or state law or present a potential for disruption to the instructional program. 

Items not permitted

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

  • Ripped or torn pants, leggings, tights and pajama bottoms.
  • No athletic shorts unless in a PE class. 
  • No camouflage unless student is enrolled in Leadership. 
  • No flip flops, sandals, or similar footwear. 
  • The apparel and merchandise of any college or professional sports team is not permitted at Garfield Middle School. The only exception to this rule is the apparel of New Mexico colleges and Albuquerque high schools is permitted. This includes hats. 
  • Attire or accessories that advertise display or promote any drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual activity, profanity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group. 
  • Clothing with images disrespectful to women, dice, bottles, cans, money, dollar signs, bandanas, weapons, or blood, any items with graphics/images and any gang-related attire or items
  • Excessively tight or revealing clothes, sheer, mesh-like, short shorts, (shorts must be as long as fingertips reach with arms extended while standing up straight). This includes bare midriffs, sleeveless shirts, low-cut and/or off the shoulder blouses.
  • “Sagging” or the wearing of pants/shorts below the waist and/or in a manner that allows underwear or bare skin to show, and “bagging” or the wearing of excessively baggy pants/shorts with low hanging crotches.  Pant leg must not be greater than 6 inches when pant leg is extended from the side of the knee.
  • Overalls/coveralls must be worn with the suspenders fastened.
  • Hats/caps, hoods, and sunglasses are not to be worn inside the school building.
  • Fashion contact lenses. Only doctor proscribed contact lenses are permitted.
  • Exception to dress code will be permitted only after conference with the principal and only when there is specific instructional, safety, religious or medical reasons for the variation.

We are not a uniform school

Exceptions

Exception to dress code will be permitted only after conference with the principal and only when there is specific instructional, safety, religious or medical reasons for the variation.