As positive cases of COVID-19 begin to rise again in our community, we wanted to share some important information with you about what you might expect to see from Rio Rancho Public Schools.

First, we want you to know that our goal is to keep our schools COVID safe and keep them open so students may experience an in-person learning environment. However, you may see some temporary changes or adjustments in our district as we modify safety precautions and services to adapt to the changing environment created by positive cases. Some of the changes you might see or experience over the next few weeks or months include:

  • Enhanced Safety Protocols: As required by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), Rio Rancho Public Schools has created an Enhanced COVID Safe Practices Plan. Our Rapid Response Team continues to track positive cases, and should any of our schools reach 3% or 5% or more of its students on campus while infectious (within a 14 day period), we will implement enhanced protocols. Some of those protocols may include: Student screening at building entrances, universal masking outdoors, one-way cafeteria seating, closing campuses to all visitors, masks for event spectators at outdoor events, suspension of certain extracurricular activities, suspension of assemblies or group meetings, drinking fountains closed, etc.

  • School Bus Delays: Should we see a rise in positive cases among staff working in our Transportation Department, your child may experience school bus delays. This would take place as we would be forced to combine routes or drivers take on additional routes. Though we will be sure to have all qualified staff driving buses, we cannot ensure we would have enough drivers to fill all routes or maintain on-time arrivals or departures for students. We do not want to cancel routes, but should the shortage of drivers due to COVID become too great, it may become necessary under certain circumstances.