As a principal, you should realize the importance of adhering to all laws governing the school including federal, state, and local school board policy. If you do not follow the law, then understand that you could be held liable and/or insubordinate for your actions. You cannot expect your faculty, staff, and students to follow my rules and regulations if you in turn are not willing to follow the rules and regulations set for you to follow. You can only trust that there is compelling reason for a specific law or policy to be put in place, but realize that you must follow it accordingly. However, if you believe that a policy is detrimental to your students, then work to do anything in your power to have the policy rewritten or thrown out. You will still adhere to that policy until that happens. It is also necessary to check before reacting. If there is a topic that you do not have a lot of knowledge about, then I need to consult other administrator, lawyers, or legal guides before you address that issue. If you value your job and care about the students under your care, then you will always remain within the confines of what is legal.