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

I only agree that the dress code is ridiculous if a certain piece of clothing is not really that bad. I get it that the spaghetti traps are not allowed, but the wide straps should be just fine.

Now there are some girls that are complaining about the dress codes, are probably the ones who want to wear clothes that are more for mature women. Such as tube top, short skirts that are a little too high on the thighs, and short shorts that when you bend over you can almost see her a**. It's a place to learn, not a bar to go pick up guys for a one night stand. Guys should not have their baggy pants down with their boxers showing. Again it's a place to learn, not a prison to find your next jailbird lover ( That's where that trend actually came from.)

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. - idontreallycare

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.

At my school, spaghetti straps, skirts and shorts (that go above your fingertips), and other inappropriate clothing are NOT allowed! No exceptions!

I don't really like to wear skirts as much, because boys might stare at my a** if I were to lean down and pick something up. I don't wear spaghetti straps either, since they're a little too thin. - Stazemar000

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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.

I have a teacher who gives 50 extra credit points at the end of the semester but every time you use the bathroom you lose 5 points - Randomator

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3 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 - kaitlynrad11

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

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

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4 School start time being earlier than 9:00am

And then WE get in trouble for falling asleep in class. - username34

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. - keycha1n

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

My school starts at 8:00 and it’s not bad once you get used to it - Randomator

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5 No listening to music

They let use ear buds while we're doing work. - RebelGamer

Sadly, we're only allowed to do this in either an after school club or on the bus - kaitlynrad11

This is seldom allowed, but occasionally we can. - PackFan2005

At my school you can if you’re doing work - Randomator

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

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

Hate this policy! - SamuiNeko

yep - GatorBoy

I can relate. - PackFan2005

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

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

How about the ones who have a life outside of school and want to socialize with our friends? - username34

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

I almost had that happen to me once, but the teacher was nice so she let me off. - Pegasister12

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

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8 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

I saw a two students doing that, nobody complained though - Ananya

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. - Stazemar000

This is a good thing - Randomator

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9 Punished for not having a ruler/pen/pencil

Keeping up with this stuff is the hardest thing to do and its very common for someone to steal a pen or a pencil if they see it laying down and then they rush us out of class when the bell rings without time to put them up or you'll be late to your next class so you carry it through the busy halls where it falls or someone steals them (my experience as a 7th grader)

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

That is just so pointless for just not having a rule/pen/pencil! teachers don’t give a crap nowadays!

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10 No chewing gum

Gum Help Kids to Focus

If anyone would see the bottom of the desks at my school, it’ll make you realize this rule isn’t so bad. - PackFan2005

The Newcomers

? No talking during lunch

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

Hate that. - RebelGamer


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 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 break this rule a lot. - Pegasister12

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.

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13 No energy/fizzy drinks

Nooo its worse - GatorBoy


I don’t like most of them anyway - Randomator

14 No cell phones

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. - Kaboom

They don't let you use them, unless you get permission from the teacher for academic reasons (Example: using a calculator on your phone) - Stazemar000

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

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

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15 No wearing hats in school

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

At my school we are allowed to wear hats. - Ilovestephanie

Yeah this is kinda dumb - Randomator

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

16 No phones in class
17 Not allowed to have long hair

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

18 No eating in the class

When I was a kid, I had this rule - JolteonIsAwesome

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. - Pegasister12

Lel yeah. We have this rule. - username34


My ELA teacher is cool with us eating in class. This kid next to me was eating some chips.

19 No boyfriend / girlfriend

Why does school need to ruin peoples social life?

I'm forever single anyway. - Pegasister12

No one follows this rule

Not like I’d ever get one anyway - Randomator

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20 No fidget spinner in school

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

When these things were popular, I had a teacher who smashed them with a hammer whenever he saw a student with one. - PackFan2005

Good rule.

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

21 Hall passes

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

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? - Randomator

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

What is one plus one? Explain your thinking.

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

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

It makes sense for math problems but I hate those “Explain Your Thinking” problems. Especially on an easy problem like 2 x 2. - Randomator

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23 English only

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

It's racistt

24 No standing up in the cafeteria

How would we even get from one class to another? - Stazemar000

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

25 Boy dress codes

All boys have to wear belts and facial hair is not permitted

26 Time limit to eat lunch

In high school, I stand in line for 1/2 hour and only have like 5-10 minutes left to eat. Also no food outside the cafeteria. This is why I eat so fast (and eat snacks after school)

27 No wearing jewelry
28 No motocross shirts
29 No scooters


30 No throwing snowballs

Not like my school ever gets snow anyway - Randomator

31 No jackets in cold weather

What kind of a school would have this rule? - PackFan2005

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Top Remixes

1. No chewing gum
2. Punished for not having a ruler/pen/pencil
3. No energy/fizzy drinks
1. Dress codes
2. Semester/quarter bathroom limits
3. No backpack during school


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