My school has a uniform for kids (certain colored pants and certain colored tops or jackets, no logos) Students are also not allowed to chew gum. I honestly did not know of the specifics of the policies until early November (the school doesn't always communicate with us.) I have become very strict with gum in my classes (and I got better at identifying who is chewing gum) and I honestly think it has helped the academic culture (kids have stopped passing gum in class, etc.) and will probably help the desks stay gum-free. My students have told me that most teachers do not care about gum except me and the science teacher. It also seems like some teachers do not care about the uniform in terms of colored sweatshirts and wearing hoods in class. The issue is that it seems like a lot of the teachers do not enforce the gum/uniform policy, so kids seem annoyed when I ask them to take off a non-uniform sweatshirt, etc. I had a girl wearing an obvious non-uniform sweatshirt and refused to remove it. She then wrote me a rude email and I had to write her up, etc. After this incident, I asked my VP if I should be enforcing uniform in terms of sweatshirts and she said yes. I had another student who refused to remove a non-uniform sweatshirt but I didn't feel like writing up another student. Another student has been wearing a non-uniform jacket and told me she can't afford a uniform one (I told the social worker). However, I feel like I am in the small minority of teachers that enforces no hoods, no gum, and the uniform and I don't want to get into power struggles with students on something that I don't feel is a big deal or waste my time if other teachers aren't doing it. Most of my students who wear hoods in class are boys and they always listen the first time, so this isn't a problem for me. Do you think I should continue enforcing the policies?