To consult with our team about a student of concern please call Laura at 503-880-8899 or email

Introduction to RRT


    The Rapid Response Team (RRT) is part of the Multi-tiered Systems of Support Department and seeks to partner with school teams, administrators, and families or caregivers to support students exhibiting extremely unsafe or high-risk behaviors where schools have exhausted all available support or services to intervene effectively. 

    A key function of this team is to help assess and enhance Tier 3 building-based support for students through consultation and action planning. RRT also works closely with other district personnel, including MTSS TOSAs, Student Success & Health Staff staff, Special Education staff & Senior Area Directors.

    For RRT cases, a 5-step process (described below) is used to help school teams receive additional support around implementing and monitoring student-centered support plans aimed at addressing any underlying factors that may be enabling or triggering unsafe or unexpected student behaviors at school.

    Note: School personnel are strongly encouraged to first implement & collect data on individualized supports to determine whether a student's behavior can be modified using building-based support and interventions (Please see Tier 3 resources below for recommended strategies).

    Parent/caregiver support is a critical part of the RRT action planning process.

    RRT recommends that school staff be clear and specific with parents and caregivers about a student's behaviors and require that schools get written consent if RRT will be providing individualized support/action planning using this form.

    Note: Any PPS educator is welcome to contact RRT to receive consultation or support

    Click here for PPS Tier 3 Resources

RRT Action Plan: 5 step process

  • Step 1: Intake call: 503-880-8899

  • Step 2: Information sharing

  • Step 3: Site visit

  • Step 4: Consult/Action Plan

  • Step 5: Review/Transition Plan

  •  PRIOR to contacting RRT, please consider if...

    • Communication/consultation has occurred about the unmet need(s)/behaviors among all adults supporting a student.
      • Is there consensus among the school's administrator(s), teacher(s), and the school's Area Senior Director about the behaviors of concern & reasons for contacting RRT?
      • Parents and/or guardians have been made aware of the school's concerns?
      • Key school support staff (social workers, psychologists, counselors) are involved or informed about the case?


    • Building-based resources and strategies have been shown to be ineffective for addressing the behavior(s) of concern.
      • The school team has collected 2-4 weeks of data demonstrating individualized intervention(s)(i.e. Tier 3) have not yet addressed a student's behavior(s) of concern?
      • There is a safety plan in place & regularly reviewed to support the student?
      • This student has been reviewed through the school's SIT team process?


Please call Laura Batchelor 503-880-8899 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there other Tier 3 supports a school team can access (aside from contacting RRT)?

  • Should I call RRT if a student or staff member is at imminent risk of harm?

  • Does RRT serve students identified for Special Education Services?

  • What type of behaviors or situations does RRT typically help to address?

  • Can RRT provide 1:1 support for a student?