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.

You know what have a behavioral assistant work with them/other kids

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.

2 Semester/quarter bathroom limits

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!

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.

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

3 School start time being earlier than 9:00am

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

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

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

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

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 - kaitlynrad11

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

Thank god they don't have that rule in my middle and high schools - Stazemar000

5 No listening to music

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

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

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

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

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! - SamuiNeko

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

To the school with these rules: you're brains are on airplane mode!

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

8 No chewing gum

Gum Help Kids to Focus

Gum is proven to help kids focus. - 4Noobs

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

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

With caning and closet time thanks Mrs Holt

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 my 3rd most hated rule in school and my 5th most hated rule in the entire world

I agree if kids want to kiss at a young age let them learn their own mistakes don't hand everything to kids. - kaylanah

This is understandable in elementary school and middle school. - 3DG20

This is a good thing - Randomator

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

Hate that. - RebelGamer


12 No energy/fizzy drinks


Nooo its worse - GatorBoy

I don’t like most of them anyway - Randomator

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. - 3DG20

13 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

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. - Stazemar000

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

Horrible rule

14 No swearing

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

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

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

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.

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! - kaylanah

16 No wearing hats in school

They think you are a criminal if you are wearing hats. THIS RULE IS BULLCRAP! IT'S SO STUPID!

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

17 No boyfriend / girlfriend

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

I'm forever single anyway. - Pegasister12

This is understandable in elementary and middle school. Not in high school. - 3DG20

Why does school need to ruin peoples social life?

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. - 3DG20

19 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

What if we haven’t eaten all day? - 3DG20

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


Sometimes I have a hard time explaining how I got the answers. I just did, okay? - 3DG20

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

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. - PackFan2005

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

Fidget spinners? What year is this again? - 3DG20

Because Julia has AUTISM.

22 Hall passes

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

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? - Randomator

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. - 4Noobs

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

It's racistt

24 No wearing jewelry

U a gay

25 No standing up in the cafeteria

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

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

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

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