• 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


    Need Support? Have Questions?

    Give us a call at 503.916.6610


    Rapid Response Team Roles & Responsibilities



    Program Administrator

    Oversees program

    Teacher on Special Assignment (1.0)

    Coordinates RRT cases

    School Psychologist (1.0)

    Provides FBA/BSP consultation & support

    Student Success Program Supervisor (1.0)

    Supports interventions and professional development

    Therapeutic Intervention Coach (3.0)

    Provides temporary student support to stabilize high risk situations and behavior plan implementation.  


    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


    If student is displaying concerning behaviors which are not at a level of Rapid Response Team Support, please review a list of additional resources available within the department of Student Success and Health:

    • Counseling Support: additional support and consultation to school counselors (K-12).
    • Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Support Plan: Assessment and/or behavior support tool developed by the team to determine appropriate interventions and implementation with fidelity.
    • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): Responsive support though professional development, on-site coaching and active participation in schools.
    • Safety Plan: Plan to establish and maintain safety for students with unsafe behaviors.
    • Student Success Center: A 3-week intensive behavior skill intervention program (grades 6-12).
    • Threat Assessment: Identify risk factors for targeted violence and guidance in managing risk factors within the school and community.


    If 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 Assistant Superintendent.


    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 extremely unsafe behaviors (see Concerning Behaviors) and has exhausted all of the their resources attempting to create safety for students and staff, to include Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), Behavior Support Planning (BSP) and Student Intervention Team (SIT).

    What is the Rapid Response Process?

    • RRT is a short term support that stabilizes the extremely unsafe situations for up to three days while the school team develops a plan to support the student and staff.  
    • During the three day time period, RRT may provide student support (Therapeutic Intervention Coach) to help the student stay safe and access their education.  RRT may also be a thought partner with the school team in the development of an intervention plan.
    • After the initial three days, it may be determined that RRT will continue to provide support to assist in the implementation of the plan in order to help the school to build capacity in following through with the plan.  

    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. The team is not a resource for minor repeated behaviors, such as, but not limited to, spitting, name calling, tantrums, eloping out of a classroom to the office.  

    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. After a school has attempted to solve the problem using their own resources, and, if the situation has not improved, the Tier 3 or Student Intervention Team may request support from RRT.  

    What to do if a Student Doesn’t Meet the Criteria for RRT?

    • If the student doesn't meet the RRT criteria, schools may contact the following for support:

    Special Education

    • If the student is already receiving supports with Special Education, in the process of determining eligibility for Special Education or has a disability that would warrant an IEP, schools should contact the Special Education Program Administrator first.  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 are truly high risk.


    Portland Public Schools Rapid Response Team
    October 2018

Rapid Response Team Contacts

Jill Bryant
Program Administrator
Amy Marquardt-Dustin
Laura Zubricky
Student Success Program Supervisor
Amy Bolich
School Psychologist