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It’s not just teachers that have been known to be far too strict, there are also quite a number of outrageous examples of principals that have some pretty surprising rules for the teachers in their school.

It’s important to remember that principals are meant to be one of the greatest supporters that the faculty has. Unfortunately, this is not always the reality that teachers experience. Some of these 8 strict principal rules may be well-intentioned, but for the most part, they all do seem pretty off the wall! Let’s take a closer look!

1. Weird sign-in sheets

Rather than going right to your classroom to get ready for the day, there are some teachers who have to stop by the office first to sign-in. This is one of the weirdest things we’ve ever heard of, especially the procedure at one school where the teachers are not only required to sign-in but to also say “Good morning” to the principal! If you are a teacher who has students who arrive before the principal, I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do. It doesn’t seem efficient to have to leave the classroom once you’ve gotten settled to sign-in or greet the principal.

Of course, this is nothing compared to one school’s policy where teachers have to give 24 notice for any emergency.

2. Public shaming for being late?

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing went right and you ended up running a few minutes late?

Well, if you’ve got an extraordinarily strict principal, you may be publicly shamed. No kidding. Once school officially begins, the sign-in book is replaced by a special shaming book for anyone who shows up late at more than one school. Some schools even require you to put the reason for being late.

I wonder how they feel when a teacher writes something about a sick child or another family issue?

3. Draconian staff meeting rules

Can you believe that there are some principals out there that would rather lock teachers out of staff meetings rather than let them be a few minutes late?

We understand that chronic lateness is a serious issue, but there are times when even the most punctual among us run a bit late. Rather than lock teachers out, why not adopt a more understanding view? For some teachers, that’s a bridge too far.

4. No coffee for you!

There are fewer treats in life more enjoyable than a fresh cup of coffee to get our mornings going. Can you believe that there are principals out there who forbid coffee at their schools? We think that this qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment!

There are so many stressful factors that happen in a teacher’s day, why take away one of the reliable perks?

  • Coffee has many health benefits
  • Caffienation is important!
  • Coffee just makes mornings better

5. We don’t like your water bottles

We’re not sure why, but we’ve heard reports of some principals out there who have banned water bottles?

We’re not sure about the logic of this rule. Drinking water throughout the day is a great way to stay hydrated and sharp, and reusable water bottles are a great way to model eco-consciousness to students. Why any principal would want to discourage teachers from bringing in their own reusable water bottles is beyond us.

Funnily enough, the first time a water glass or coffee mug tips over and ruins a computer, this rule prohibiting water bottles is long gone!

6. Parking lot blues

Can you believe that some principals’ micromanagement extends all the way out to the parking lot?

Don’t try to park between two spots or spend too much time chatting on your way into the building, or you may just find yourself on the receiving end of an administrative nastygram. If you are a teacher starting at a new school you are well-advised to find out if you are expected to back in or not, as parking wrong can put you on the principal’s naughty list. If we ever find ourselves at a school like this, we’ll probably just take the bus to work!

7. Copier privileges aren’t always for everyone

If you are in a cash-strapped school district you may find yourself with an office staff that monitors your paper and copier usage. There have been instances that we’ve heard about that include a teacher stowing copy papers in their car trunks because it is such a scarcity. Don’t let an office staff bully you, there are plenty of legitimate reasons to make copies, and it’s time to brave through those dirty looks and get the job done.

8. No negativity, ever!

As important as it is to keep a positive attitude, “outlawing” negative talk is really ridiculous! Some principals have this rule in place and expect teachers to report each other in true Orwellian style. We’ll pass!