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Riding a School Bus & Inclement Weather

Rio Rancho doesn't often see feet of snow, but we sometimes do see enough snow or weather issues to cause a weather delay, early release or school closure. When that happens, the Transportation Department will ensure your child makes it home safely if they typically ride a school bus to and from school. Here is some more information on inclement weather as it relates to school bus transportation.

  • The decision to implement an abbreviated day schedule will be made by the Superintendent of Rio Rancho Public Schools. Information is gathered through the coordinated efforts of many people such as the DOST Executive Director and state, county, and city weather and street departments. Road conditions and the ability of school buses to transport students safely to and from school are the basis of the information.

  • The decision to institute an abbreviated schedule will be made and announced through the news media prior to the start of the school day. In the event that weather conditions worsen and it is necessary to close schools for the entire day, the decision and announcement will be made no later than 9 am.

  • The abbreviated day schedule, or school delay, is a shortened school day that begins two (2) hours later than the regular bell schedule but ends at the regular time. Pick up times at school bus stops will be two hours later than regularly scheduled.