Top Ten Worst School Policies

This is a list of the most annoying or pointless school policies. This is not meant to be completely universal, just policies that exist in some school districts.
The Top Ten
1 Dress codes

At my school, we get dress-coded for showing bra straps or shoulders. What is so distracting about that? It's even worse when you miss class just cause you got dress-coded. I mean, are you saying our clothing choices are more important than our education? That it's our fault if other people (mostly boys) are "distracted" by our outfits? At my school, the dress code is very sexist, mostly targeting girls. I understand things like no gang symbols or crop-tops but no shoulders? Seriously? They had a dress-code video that used students as examples and in the video, they specifically targeted and called out girl students for breaking the dress code. Only one boy was featured in the video, while about six girls were shown.

Dress codes, are absolutely ridiculous. I find self-expression to be very theraputic, and I often do this through my clothing or makeup. I do consider regular creative outlets to be extremely de-stressing, and not having a dress code is the least the schools can do to foster this creativity and expression.

And come on, that three-finger strap rule that my middle school had? Really? It's just a shoulder!

In my high school, you're not allowed to wear jackets even if it was -20 degrees out, the wind chill is like -25 degrees out, and the air conditioners are blasting and the school refuses to turn it off. We are allowed to wear sweaters and vests, but even 3 or 4 layers are not enough. We need AT LEAST 5. Seriously, I swear that schools want the students to get sick and they don't even care.

I'm guessing school uniforms fit under dress codes as it is pretty much clothes you have to wear to school and you have no other options, I think it may have been good for me, but only because I would've worn very ugly clothes to school because I didn't really develop my fashion sense for fear of being seen as feminine by all the other people.

2 Semester/quarter bathroom limits

In my high school, the staff would LOCK UP all the bathrooms in the school. It started after they found kids were smoking in them. They would only leave 1 or 2 open. The nurse has a bathroom, but it was for emergencies only.

If you're a female and you're on your period you MUST get unlimited bathroom breaks. Either let us change in the restroom or else you'll have to deal with bloody chairs daily for a week each month!

This is too much. We are only allowed to use the bathroom once a day. You need to pee at least twice in seven hours.

My school doesn't have this but it probably really sucks

3 School start time being earlier than 9:00am

Only too true. This is by far the easiest way to drastically improve the life and well-being of students, yet, no schools make the change and it frustrates me because there's literally no reason not to.

This is easily the most pointless policy any school has. Even companies should stop attempting sleep deprivation.

We get in trouble for sleeping in class when we have twenty minutes to get ready? Yeah, makes a lot of sense.

This can cause sleep deprivation and now the start time is a global problem

4 No backpack during school

When I was in high school, I had a homeroom teacher who forced the entire class to cram our HUGE backpacks into our TINY lockers. My locker had gotten jammed/stuck several times because of this.

In middle school, the only time we can have a backpack is entering the school and leaving the school. Otherwise, they stay in your locker

Luckily, they don't have this rule in my high school. It would be complete chaos if they banned backpacks...

This is so dumb but luckily my high school lets you have them in class

5 No listening to music

Sadly, we're only allowed to do this in either an after school club or on the bus

My teachers always allow us to listen to music except when we have to listen.

Unless you went to a special needs school and the teacher plays it lolololololol.

This is seldom allowed, but occasionally we can.

6 Being tardy because of missing the bus leading to an unexcused absence

Once my bus was late to my high school and I went to the office to get a late pass and they marked me as an unexcused lateness and gave me a detention. They later crossed off the detention and changed it into an excused absence.

What if the bus makes a mistake? Why should you take the blame for that

Glad my school doesn't do this.

Hate this policy!

7 Not sitting in your seat when the bell rings (even if you're in the room) leading to an unexcused absence

Lol this is stupid. its your fault if your not in our seat and "socializing with my friends" yeah technically you only supposed to do that during lunch and passing periods

Well my seat is the teacher's place since there are two teacher's tables. The teacher doesn't care, though.

This one is SO easy to fix, sit down in your seat and you won't get that unexcused tardy.

I almost had that happen to me once, but the teacher was nice so she let me off.

8 No chewing gum

Gum is proven to help kids focus.

If anyone would see the bottom of the desks at my school, it’ll make you realize this rule isn’t so bad.

Gum Help Kids to Focus

9 Punished for not having a ruler/pen/pencil

My high school special ed teacher once made a kid pay her $1 to borrow a pencil from her.

Some students struggle with living. Not everyone can afford school supplies

With caning and closet time thanks Mrs Holt

Mrs Holt spankings bare bottom otk hand smacking

10 No kissing

This is a really good rule because I dislike seeing two middle students in the hall locking lips with lips. WHAT THE (CENSORED) THERE TOO YOUNG. The age to start dating is around is around 16 or 18 around and these kids were 13 or 14 and kissing. And no one cared. So I agree

This is actually a good rule for middle school, because usually, kids in middle school are 13-14 years old. They shouldn't be doing that BS in middle school, because they're too young.

There was a kid at my school who kissed a boy on the head. He got ISS for that. And no, that was not a typo. I said HE kissed a BOY on the head.

This is understandable in elementary school and middle school.

The Contenders
11 Having to add on extra days to the school year because of a snow day

My cousins only had 2 days of spring break due to the snow

We have school until may 24th do to snow

They do that in Minnesota! Last year (fifth grade) we had an extra day added because of a snow day so we got out on June 8 😒

12 No energy/fizzy drinks

Nooo its worse

I don’t like most of them anyway

I only understand this rule if it’s to prevent spilling it on your work. I’m not a fan of soft drinks myself, but I don’t see anything wrong with having them unless you drink a lot.

13 No cell phones

I do happen to agree with this one. It is a bit disrespectful to be on your cell phone while a teacher is trying to talk. So, I can understand why this is a rule.

You are allowed to use it for a calculator, though in a math class.

Oh, but I can replace my calculator, ruler, and protractor with a phone. But if they went paperless they could save thousands of dollars by requiring kids to use phones. Really, simple logic.

In my school, they let us use them. Just not during class

At my school it depends on the teacher but most let you use it if we’re working on class work

14 No swearing

Well, I put cuss words on a lot of my world studies assignments and my teacher is totally cool with that. No seriously, he never told me not to do that.

I got in trouble for putting a word that is NOT a cuss word in my homework.
(that word was idiot)

I kept saying "God damn it" so much in high school computer teacher asked me to sit outside.

Lol in a school play my line has a swear I'm so excited because I am not allowed to swear

15 No phones in class

I HATE this rule, the teachers do NOT pay my phone bill they do NOT have the right to possess private property without the parent/child consent. MY phone does not have a case on it all the time but if they drop I'm suing. PERIOD!

16 No wearing hats in school

Why the heck does this exist?
"It's rude to wear a hat inside"
Ya, but it's also hella rude to take a student's property and force parents to come and get it, an dits also extremely rude to ban backpacks and force us to carry everything. At least let me wear my flipping hat man

I wear my beanie to school and no one cared ( well, except my LA teacher)

At my school we are allowed to wear hats.

Yeah this is kinda dumb

17 No boyfriend / girlfriend

Wait... Are you serious?!? Kids in middle school have had underground relationships! Man, Freshman year is going to suck!

This is understandable in elementary and middle school. Not in high school.

Why does school need to ruin peoples social life?

My school has a no friends at all policy.

18 Not allowed to have long hair

This is the absolute WORST rule!
Why don't I get to look the way that I want?

Super, duper dumb. I have long hair!

Last I checked, you’re here to teach us, not to judge us based on how we look, so do your job and do it properly.

19 No eating in the class

I plan on bringing some Poptarts to school soon, so I can eat them in the period where I have a nice teacher that lets us eat in there.

When I was a kid, I had this rule

Lel yeah. We have this rule.

What if we haven’t eaten all day?

20 You have to show your work whenever you answer a question

At my school, even if you get the problem right, it will be considered wrong if you don't show your work.

Sometimes I have a hard time explaining how I got the answers. I just did, okay?

At my school, you automatically get a zero if you don't show all your work.

What is one plus one? Explain your thinking.

21 No fidget spinner in school

When these things were popular, I had a teacher who smashed them with a hammer whenever he saw a student with one.

Well they are irrelevant at this point anyway. Nobody really thinks they are cool anymore

Fidget spinners? What year is this again?

They legit banned fidget spinner in are school. Rest In Peace Fidget Spinner. :(

22 Hall passes

Mrs Holt was very strict all at least
About that!

Honestly they’re pointless. I’ve never needed to show a hall pass to anyone. And do you really need a pass to go across the hall?

Want to pass on a simple hall and you have no PASS? GO TO YOUR DAMN CLASSROOM!

23 English only

It's not racist lol, It's the most universally spoken language in the entire world. Also one of the easiest languages to learn.

I remember that in foreign languages class in middle school/high school they won't let you speak English at all...

Yeah duh I am not even aloud to speak German nor even Czech

24 No wearing jewelry
25 No standing up in the cafeteria

I have to deal with this on a daily basis at my school.

How would we even get from one class to another?

Wait, now we can't stand up in school?

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