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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 Roles & Responsibilities
SEL Assistant Director
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
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
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 email@example.com.
What to do if a Student Doesn’t Meet the Criteria for RRT?
- If a 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:
- Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS): Responsive support through professional development, on-site coaching and active participation in schools. Your school’s MTSS TOSA is also able to provide coaching and support around developing the following behavioral supports:
- Safety Plan: Plan to establish and maintain safety for students with unsafe behaviors.
- Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Support Plan: Assessment and/or behavior support tool developed by the team to determine appropriate interventions and implementation with fidelity.
- Counseling Support: additional support and consultation to school counselors (K-12).
- Student Success Center: A 3-week intensive behavior skill intervention program (grades 6-12).
- District Mental Health Resources
- Threat Assessment: Identify risk factors for targeted violence and guidance in managing risk factors within the school and community.
- Sexual Incident Response (SIRC): Supports building administrators in identifying problematic sexualized behaviors and offers guidelines for appropriate interventions and safety planning.
- Connect with your Area Senior Director
- Connect with your Special Education Administrator
- 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.
- 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.