Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in Grades 8, 10 and 12:
The Northern Berkshire Community coalition is conducting the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey at Mount Greylock to students in grades 8 on Tuesday 11/27, 10 and 12 on Wednesday 11/28. Your child’s class has been selected to participate in this survey. The PNA survey measures alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; the factors that place students at risk for problem behaviors; and the factors that protect students from problem behaviors.
The purpose of the study 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.
The survey is entirely anonymous. Students will not put their names or any other identifying information on the survey booklet. All results from the study will be presented only in group summary form, like many opinion polls.
Additionally, your child’s participation in the survey is completely voluntary. Each child will be given the option of leaving blank any questions that he or she prefers not to answer. You may decline to have your child participate, if you wish. If you do 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.
The survey is being conducted under contract with Bach Harrison L.L.C., 116 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, Utah, 94102, a nationally known research firm. If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact Wendy Penner of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7599.
Please let me know in writing by Monday 11/26 only if you do not wish your child to participate in the study. Email is acceptable. Feel free to call me at 413-458-9582, ext. 1013 if you have any other questions about this important study.