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Assistance with Clothing

Please contact the Counseling Office if you need assistance with clothing.

APS Policy

The Cleveland Middle School dress code is based on the APS Student Dress Code.

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Dress Code

Uniform Dress Policy

The dress code is designed to promote a positive, safe, and healthy learning environment. Students may choose from items within this dress code. As a general rule, clothing that is torn, shredded, excessively tight or revealing, oversized, gang-related, or that contains inappropriate messages or symbols is unacceptable. No styles of hair or clothing that will distract from the educational process are allowed. Hair must not cover the eyes or face and be natural colors.

Please check with a school administrator if you are in doubt about an item not listed here. Students who are out of compliance will have their Colt Card marked and will be allowed to call home for a change of clothes. They will wait in the TIPS room until they are provided with the appropriate clothes. Continued violation of dress code will result in consequences.

Please contact the counseling office if you need assistance with clothing.

  • IDs are to be visible at all times above waist on school lanyard.
  • No bandanas, sweatbands, hairnets, chains or spiked jewelry
  • No facial/tongue/nose jewelry, pins or body piercing, or gauged ears
  • No hats are allowed
  • Hoods may not be worn in building
  • No writing on skin, clothing, or backpacks
  • No exposed tattoos
  • No unnatural colored contacts
  • Undergarments shall not show at any time
  • Belts may not hang down more than 2 inches past the first belt loop, no decorative belts allowed

Pants/Shorts/Skirts (Boys & Girls)

  • Solid Colors
  • Fitted at the waist and crotch
  • No dropped crotch or saggy pants
  • No spandex, leggings, or joggers
  • No wide legs
  • No sweats or jogging pants
  • No overalls or jumpsuits
  • No shorts are allowed to hang below the bottom of the knee or shorter than 4" above the top of the knee
  • No slits or wrap skirts
  • No skirts shorter than 4" above the top of the knee
  • No strips, designs, zippers or decorations

Shirt/Outerwear (Boys & Girls)

  • Solid Colors
  • Collared shirt, polo, button down, or T-Shirts (No White T-Shirts)
  • Shirts must be buttoned up
  • CMS logo "T-shirts" and sweatshirts are allowed every day
  • UNM/SHS/DNHS logos are acceptable any day of the week
  • No graphics or logos unless specified above.
  • Un-tucked shirts cannot hang below the back pocket.
  • No stripes, designs, zippers, or decorated collars or sleeves
  • No sleeveless shirts or tank/camisole tops worn alone
  • All sweatshirts and sweaters must also be of solid colors and be worn over a uniform shirt
  • No trench coats or dusters

PE Uniforms (Boys & Girls)

  • Plain White t-shirts and black shorts OR CMS PE uniform
  • If warm-ups are necessary, they must be plain black and/or white