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    Rapid Response Team Support

    • Student specific supports for children (P-12) displaying high risk behaviors when schools have exhausted school resources.  
    • Assistance may include the following:
      • Guidance in developing and implementing a behavior support plan
      • Consultation with school staff
      • Short term student support



    If a student is an imminent danger, initiate PPS Emergency Procedures and dial 911*.      

    Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888      

    PPS Emergency: 503-916-6622

    *When initiating emergency procedures, notify the Area Senior Director.




Rapid Response Team

Eoin Bastable
Tier 3 Behavior Program Manager
Aimee Havens
Student Success Coordinator
Tobius Mitchell
Student Success Coordinator
School Psychologist
  • Rapid Response Team Roles & Responsibilities



    RRT/Tier III Program Administrator

    Oversees program

    Teacher on Special Assignment (1.0)

    Coordinates RRT cases

    School Psychologist (1.0)

    Provides FBA/BSP consultation & support

    Student Success Coordinators (2.0)

    Provides consultation support, on-site coaching and temporary student support in high-risk, unsafe situations.   


    High Risk Behaviors (as defined by PPS):

    • Severe rage for seemingly minor reasons
    • Sexual aggressiveness (perpetrator or at risk for potential perpetration)
    • Severe destruction of property
    • Fire setting
    • Serious self-injurious behaviors

    Concerning Behavior



    Severe rage for seemingly minor reasons

    Multiple unprovoked incidents with the intent to cause harm to other students

    Knocking books off shelf


    Crawling on floor

    Severe destruction of property

    Repeatedly destroying a classroom

    Breaking/attempting to break windows

    Tearing paper off a wall

    Spitting on a poster

    Serious self-injurious behaviors

    Repeatedly running off school grounds into traffic

    Student running out of classroom into safe space in school

    Fire setting

    Intentionally starting a fire on school property

    Flicks lighter/lights matches that fails to start a fire

    Sexual aggressiveness (perpetrator or at risk for potential perpetration)

    Repeated incidents of student engaging in sexually aggressive behavior

    An isolated incident of a 5-year-old kissing another child on the playground

    Isolated incidences of students inappropriately touching a peer



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Rapid Response Team?

    • The Rapid Response Team (RRT) is available for any PPS school who has a student exhibiting high-risk, unsafe behaviors (see Concerning Behaviors). The expectation is that prior to requesting RRT support, school teams will have already utilized school-based resources to attempt to create safety, including the Student Intervention Team (SIT), a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), Behavior Support Planning (BSP), and/or Safety Planning.
    • RRT is a short-term support that stabilizes high-risk, unsafe situations. 
    • RRT short-term support may include: part-time student support for safety, support for the school team in evaluating needs and developing support plans, and coaching staff for plan implementation.

    What Kinds of Behavior Does RRT Support?

    • RRT is a resource for schools when a student displays high risk behaviors including, but not limited to, setting fires, severe rage for seemingly minor reasons, severe destruction of property (see Concerning Behaviors). The team is not a resource for minor repeated behaviors, such as, but not limited to, work refusal, yelling, tantrums, eloping out of a classroom to another safe school location (i.e. office, gym).  

    How Do Schools Contact RRT?

    • The expectation is that when a school team contacts RRT, they have already attempted to implement school supports prior to requesting help. When a school has utilized their own resources in an attempt to support the student and been unable to maintain safety, they may request support from RRT through contacting us at 971-271-3267 or emailing ahavens@pps.net.  


    Special Education

    • If the student is already receiving support through Special Education, or is suspected of a disability that may warrant an IEP, schools should contact the Special Education Program Administrator prior to reaching out to RRT.  RRT may still be a resource for these students, but collaboration with the Special Education Program Administrator is expected.

    Please Note

    • These expectations and criteria for using the RRT are in place so that the team is available to respond with urgency and fidelity to those situations that are truly high risk.


    Need Support? Have Questions?

    Give us a call at 971-710-8551.