Orange County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools have adjusted policies on the Confederate flag and other threatening symbols just weeks before the first day of classes.
Orange County Schools banned white nationalist symbols from their dress code on Monday, while Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools banned them entirely from their campuses on Thursday. The decision was made after the recent violence in Charlottesville and for the protests.
The discussion and associated clothing is not new to Chapel Hill or Orange County. Orange County Superintendent Todd Wirt said he and the board have taken the debate seriously since it was first introduced by community members.
“The issue and the challenge that was placed before our school system has on the surface been about the Confederate Flag, but on a much deeper level is about working to better understand each other and ensuring that our schools have a learning environment that is accepting of all groups represented in our beautifully diverse community,” Wirt said.
Stephen Halkiotis, chairperson of the Orange County School Board, said they had four legal experts discuss the issue with the board and took public comments into consideration as well.