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.

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 definitely think the policy should exist, but how they’re using it is completely wrong. They go so far as to give you a dress code just for showing your shoulders. It’s ridiculous! - 3DG20

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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.

Some of the teachers I’ve had would give us 5 minutes maximum to use the washroom. I’m sorry, but as much as I’d love if it worked like that, there are times, especially with girls, where we can’t just “be done in 5 minutes”. - 3DG20

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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 used to be allowed in elementary school, but now we have to put our backpacks in our lockers. I wouldn’t usually care that much about this, but the locker I got this year is bad. My lock barely even fits through it, so if I need to get something out of my backpack, I have to go to my locker and fight with it to get it to open. - 3DG20

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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.

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

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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, we’re allowed to listen to music while we’re doing work, but it really pisses me off that some other schools don’t let you at all. - 3DG20

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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

Hate this policy! - SamuiNeko

Glad my school doesn't do this.

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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

I would understand if you weren’t in the room, but marking someone absent just because they’re not in their seat by the bell is just ridiculous. - 3DG20

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8 No chewing gum

Gum Help Kids to Focus

Gum is proven to help kids focus. - 4Noobs

I agree with PackFan2005. Students would either drop or stick gum under desks and chairs which is disgusting and can potentially attract bugs. And all of the chewing and popping would get annoying, especially to people with misophonia like me. - Gabriola

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 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

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

This is a good thing - Randomator

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10 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

Sometimes I don’t think about what I bring because I’m more worried about making it to class, so there have been a lot of times where I’ve forgotten my pencil. - 3DG20

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The Newcomers

? No going near the snow
? Getting Saturday School when sick for a week

People send their kids to school sick because their kids don't want Saturday 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

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 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 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)

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

According to a study, people who swear have a higher IQ than those who do not. - 4Noobs

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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

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

I understand this one if it’s distracting students, but in my math class, it’s not allowed even if we’re using the calculator app. - 3DG20

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15 No phones in class
16 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

I don’t see how it’s disrespectful to wear a hat or a hoodie unless they have something offensive on them. I really don’t. - 3DG20

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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?

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

18 No boyfriend / girlfriend

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

Why does school need to ruin peoples social life?

I'm forever single anyway. - Pegasister12

Not like I’d ever get one anyway - Randomator

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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

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20 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

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

Its like when you catch a fish,you have to throw it back because "you didn't show your god damn work"

I mean why can't they just apprieciate it

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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

Good rule.

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22 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

23 No talking during lunch

Wait! During lunch? Are you serious? - 3DG20

24 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 not racist lol, It's the most universally spoken language in the entire world. Also one of the easiest languages to learn. - 4Noobs

It's racistt

25 No jackets in cold weather

My high school would turn the air conditioning on even if it was 20 degrees F outside. Students were allowed to wear vests and sweaters, but they don't always provide enough warmth. So many kids were sick with a cold/fever because of this, including myself.

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

People could die from this. I've never seen a school with this policy though. - 4Noobs

26 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

27 No makeup

I can understand it not being allowed in elementary school and only being allowed for special occasions in middle school, but it should be allowed in high school. - 3DG20

Every girl or boy should be able to express thereselves

28 No hitting

I Despise this rule.

Makes sense - XxembermasterxX

29 Boy dress codes

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

30 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)

31 No wearing jewelry
32 No motocross shirts
33 No scooters


34 No throwing snowballs

Not like my school ever gets snow anyway - Randomator

35 No bathroom breaks
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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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