Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kind of transportation services does RRPS provide?
  2. How do I know which school my child(ren) will go to?
  3. What are the WALK boundaries?
  4. What happens with INCLEMENT WEATHER?
  5. What are the "Danger Zones" around a bus?
  6. What can I do to keep my child safe around the bus?

WHAT KIND OF TRANSPORTATION SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?
The following lists the broad range of RRPS transportation services:
  • To & from school daily
  • Mid-day transportation - Preschool and 3 & 4 year old programs
  • Alternative school transportation for Rio Rancho Cyber Academy and Independence High School
  • Special needs transportation - including wheelchair equipment
  • Summer transportation to Extended School Year (ESY) Programs
  • Activity transportation - field trips, athletics, and other extra-curricular activities.
  • Different bell schedules - high school, middle school (three elementaries and the preschool on a middle school bell time) and elementary school bell times.
  • Special attendance times for students receiving modified (IEP) transportation. These bell times may be APS bell times.
  • Deviations - accommodate requests for late arrivals, early dismissals, Wednesday schedules, no school, and Mother Nature (inclement weather and other emergencies that may arise).
  • Contract services including: Balloon Fiesta shuttle service, City of Rio Rancho special events, UNM Alumni events, etc.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SCHOOL MY CHILD(REN) WILL GO TO?
Our new online service (Elink) will tell you which school your child goes to.
Click here to use this service...

For specific bus stop information.
Click here to use this service...


WHAT ARE THE WALK BOUNDARIES?

Students within their school's walk boundary are not eligible for bus services. Here is specific boundary information:
  • Elementary School students: students who live 1 mile or less from school
  • Middle School students: students who live 1.5 miles or less from school
  • High School students: students who live 2 miles or less from school
 
WHAT HAPPENS DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER?
For information regarding inclement weather, visit this page for specific school schedules.
 

WHAT ARE THE DANGER ZONES?

A DANGER ZONE is the area around the school bus - 10 feet in front, 10 feet behind, and 10 feet on either side of the bus. The most dangerous zone is the wheel base area and around the immediate front and back of the bus.
KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE ON THE BUS
  • Be at your bus stop 5 minutes prior.
  • Stay away from the road.
  • Stay on the sidewalk, do not play in streets.
  • Never run to or from the bus.
  • DO NOT chase after bus for any reason.
  • Don't push or shove.
  • Use the handrail.
  • Stay in your seat. Don't yell or shout.
  • Never throw things while on the bus.
  • Always obey the driver. Be a good passenger.
  • Get off the bus carefully. Wait for the driver's signal before crossing in front of the bus.
  • Stay away from the DANGER ZONE. Always cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus.
  • Never crawl under a school bus. If you drop something on the ground don't try to pick it up. Tell the bus driver.
  • No profanity, smoking, or fighting.
  • Do not eat on the bus.
  • Students may only drink water on the bus, nothing else.
  • Keep the bus clean.
  • Bus cleanliness is a shared responsibility between students and driver
  • School buses shall be loaded or unloaded at established school bus stops only, unless an emergency dictates otherwise. Students shall load or unload only at their assigned bus stop.
  • Single file lines work best when loading/unloading.