Rapid Response TeamThe District Rapid Response process used by CMSD was developed in this District in the early 1990's. It was created to deal with various school-based crises such as student suicide threats and attempts, grief response and student victimization. It is critical that the District has a consistent rapid response procedure that is familiar to all staff and is used in every crisis situation.
Why does the District use this strategy?Through the research, it was learned that to be considered accountable in the eyes of the law, a simple, reasonable, consistent procedure needed to be developed, taught and implemented throughout the District. This process has been successful over the past 20 years dealing with an average of 600 reported crises per year while requiring minimal adaptations. It is easy to follow and serves the intended purpose.How is the strategy intended to be implemented in schools?The staff is asked to follow a few simple directives to secure a responder or to receive consultation regarding the presenting crisis situation. The method of rapid response is as follows:
*Keep the student(s) safe, comfortable and at school until you arerelieved by a rapid responder or the parent/guardian of the studentin question
- Remain calm
- React to all situations in a serious manner
- Immediately notify the building administrator
- Provide continuous, supportive adult supervision to all involved in the situation
*call for emergency services if the situation warrants this action*make every attempt to reach the parent/guardian to advise them andrequest they report immediately to the school*continue to gather information to facilitate the assessmentof the situationOnce the responder arrives at the school, they will assist thebuilding in creating the plan for that particular crisis situation.Note: This information is provided o make parents and community members aware of how CMSD employees handle crisis situations.
- Upon receiving the information, the building administrator must: