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Looking for information not posted on this page? Contact the RRPS Transportation Department at (505) 338-0078 or email the staff at DOST@rrps.net

Bus Transportation FAQs

Below please find the answers to our most frequently asked questions as it relates to school bus transportation within Rio Rancho Public Schools.


What types of student transportation services are provided by Rio Rancho Public Schools?

The following lists the broad range of RRPS transportation services:

  • To and 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 elementary schools 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 determine which school my child(ren) will attend or which school bus they will ride?

  • Visit Our online service (Elink) will tell you which school your child is assigned to attend based on geographic region.

  • Click the image below for specific bus stop location information

click to find my child's bus stop

This link will only work from a computer / laptop not a mobile device (cell phone).

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 with bus schedules?
For information regarding inclement weather, visit this page for specific school schedules.

What are the danger zones?

A DANGER ZONE is an 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 wheelbase area and around the immediate front and back of the bus.

Ways to keep your child safe on the school bus:

  • Be at your bus stop 5 minutes prior

  • Stay away from the road

  • Stay on the sidewalk, do not play in the 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, instead, 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