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Uniform Policy

West Mesa Cluster schools expect students and staff to dress in a professional, appropriate manner for the business of education. This Uniform Policy will apply to all students and will be enforced except where there are specific instructional, safety, religious, or medical reasons.

General Requirements:

Effective for the 2023-2024 school year, Chaparral Elementary does not have a formal dress code; students may wear most clothes without issue. However, Albuquerque Public Schools shall prohibit student dress that may present a health or safety hazard, violate municipal or state law or present a potential disruption to the instructional program. The APS Board of Education shall not allow for the imposition of punishment, discrimination or disparate treatment against a student based on the student's racial identity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, cultural or religious identity and observances, household income, body size/type or body maturity or because of the student's use of protective hairstyles or cultural or religious headdresses.

Prohibited clothing and accessories include, but is not limited to:

  • obscene or violent language or images
  • depictions of alcohol or drugs or other illegal item or activity
  • racist content, hate speech, profanity or pornography
  • accessories that could be considered dangerous or used as a weapon
  • underclothing worn as primary clothing items
  • sheer or see through clothing
  • swimwear
  • clothing without all sides in the garment

Hair color, length, style, including hair coverings or styles related to an individual’s personal, cultural or religious beliefs cannot be considered for disciplinary action.