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 Driver Requirements?
  6. What are the "Danger Zones" around a bus?
  7. What can I do to keep my child safe around the bus?

WHAT KIND OF TRANSPORTAION 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 (which last year transported approximately 100 students to two different schools)
  • 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 (VersaTrans) will tell you which school your child goes to. For specific bus stop information, please contact the school itself.
Click here to use this service.... Transferring to our district or to a different school? Complete and submit this form...(pdf)

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: the walk boundary is 1 mile around the school
  • Middle School students: the walk boundary is 1.5 miles around the school
  • Mid High and High School students: the walk boundary is 2 miles around the school
 
WHAT HAPPENS DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER?
For information regarding inclement weather, visit this page for specific school schedules.
 
WHAT ARE DRIVER REQUIREMENTS?
School Bus Driver Certification requirements include:
  1. A current, physical Commercial Driver's License (CDL) which requires the passing of 4 state motor vehicle tests on Airbrakes, General Knowledge, Passengers, and School Buses. This is required to begin training. 
  2. 42 hours of pre-service training which includes:
    • 22 hours of classroom instruction
    • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
    • 2 hours of observation time
    • 6 hours of a First Aid class to include CPR
    • 6 hours of a Defensive Driving Course 
      + Plus
    • 16 hours of in-service time in the classroom and/or behind-the-wheel instruction under the supervision of an approved school bus driver instructor each year.
  3. New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division Check Of The Applicant's Driving Record
  4. A Criminal Background Check (Local and FBI checks, which includes finger-printing)
  5. Pre-Employment Drug And Alcohol Test And Subject To Random Testing Annually
 

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.
  • Never run to or from the bus.
  • Don't push or shove. Use the handrail.
  • Stay in your seat. Don't yell or shout.
  • Don't 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.
  • 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.
  • Keep the bus clean, do not eat or drink on the bus.
  • 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.