Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey (March 31st, 2021)

Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey will take place on March 31st, 2021

Dear Parents,

Every two years, the Strategic Prevention Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) administers the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey to students in Hampshire County. The PNA survey measures substance abuse and other problem behaviors; the factors that place students at risk for engaging in problem behaviors; and the factors that make students less likely to engage in problem behaviors. This year, the survey will also be asking students about the impact of COVID on their lives and learning.


All Grades at Smith Academy will be participating in the survey on March 31st and your child will be asked to take the survey during CREW from 8:30-9am. The purpose of the survey is to gather the information needed to plan important prevention and intervention programs to combat such problems as alcohol and other drug use and violence in our schools and communities. It will also help us judge the effectiveness of our current prevention and intervention efforts. I have a copy of the survey instrument in my office, if you wish to stop by and review it. I can also send you a pdf of the survey to review at home.


The survey is administered electronically and is anonymous. Raw data will be sent directly to SPIFFY for compilation; the school will not see any individual student responses. All results from the survey will be presented only in summary form.


Your child’s participation in the survey is completely voluntary. Each child will be given the option of leaving blank any question that he or she prefers not to answer, or to not participate at all. You may decline to have your child participate, if you wish. If you decline, your son or daughter will be allowed to read or participate in some other alternative activity while his or her classmates are taking the survey.


If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact either me, or Heather Warner of SPIFFY at or 603-475-7713 (work cell).


Please let me know in writing by March 30th only if you do NOT wish your son or daughter to participate in the survey. 



Chris Buckland