Update(8:16 p.m.): Hate-Free Schools Coalition member, Stacey Sewall, said the new dress code policy is a step in the right direction for Orange County School's and is interested if Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools' Board will follow suit.
"I'm saddened that it took loss of life in Charlottesville to convince the Board of what we've been saying all along," Sewall said in an email. "But I'm heartened that this change is now in place before the beginning of the new school year."
The school system announced it will ban students from wearing Confederate flags, swastikas and other designs and symbols associated with the KKK in the system's amended dress code.
The decision was made Monday night by the school system's Board of Education — and it comes after vigils were held across Orange County to stand with the community of Charlottesville, Virginia, in the wake of violent uprises from far-right organizations.
"The new policy gives our staff the permission to ensure that the learning environment in each of our schools and in each of our classrooms is free of intimidation and distraction with regards to dress and symbols of speech," said Todd Wirt, the school system's superintendent, in a Facebook post Monday night.