A year-old program in Harrisonburg to keep suspended students occupied may actually be working.
At the Boy's and Girl's Club, the Day Report Center takes in suspended students to make sure they are keeping up with their school work and staying off the streets.
This program may actually have had an impact on the downward trend of suspension at Harrisonburg High School.
The reasons for suspension cover from getting into a fight at school to being tardy multiple times. If students get suspended, they have to spend a whole day at the Day Report Center, doing homework and staying out of trouble.
"It's giving you that opportunity to stay up with your homework," says Durmount Perry, the Day Report Center Coordinator. "It also gives me and my assistant an opportunity to sit down with these students and talk to them and be like 'look, the decisions that you're making now really affect you in the long run, as far as you wanting to go to college or getting a job.'"
At Harrisonburg High School, administrators think this program may actually be working.
"From the 2005 school year to the present, we've had a steady drop in numbers of students being suspended in numbers of days. And so that bodes well to the idea that it's a deterrent,"says Jay Supko, the Harrisonburg High School Vice Principal.
While students spend a whole day at the center, they get full credit for their work when they return to school.
"For the most part, you really would rather be in school because when you're here, there is no fun," says Perry. "It's just suspension. You come, you do your school work and you do what we ask yo to do. There's no talking to your friends until lunch time and the free time."
Other than that break, it's complete silence. However, Perry believes the Day Center teaches more than just academics to students.
He says, "We really try to push the fact that, think twice before you make a decision."
This program is intended to teach students about accountability, responsibility and consequences. Because they are held accountable for their actions, and it is up to them to get a ride to and from the center, the Harrisonburg school division funds this program.