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Rio Rancho Public Schools: Important numbers, safety tips and other info

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Important numbers
District office: 896-0667
Curriculum and Instruction: 994-2811
Transportation: 338-0078
District website: rrps.net
Shining Stars Preschool: 892-7735
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Cielo Azul: 338-2320
Colinas del Norte: 896-3378
Enchanted Hills: 891-8526
Ernest Stapleton: 891-8473
Maggie M. Cordova: 994-0229
Martin Luther King Jr.: 892-2575
Puesta del Sol: 994-3305
Rio Rancho: 892-0220
Sandia Vista: 338-2526
Vista Grande: 771-2366
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Eagle Ridge: 892-6630
Lincoln: 892-1100
Mountain View: 867-0711
Rio Rancho: 891-5335
HIGH SCHOOLS
Rio Rancho: 896-5600
V. Sue Cleveland: 938-0300
Independence: 338-4658
Rio Rancho Cyber Academy: 892-7222

School Supplies
Parents of middle and elementary students should have received school supply lists during registration. Also, schools will post lists on their websites. High school teachers will provide specific school supply requests at the beginning of the school year, but students should go to their classes the first day with pens, pencils and paper.
Local organizations have donated school supplies for needy families. Any family needing assistance with school supplies can contact their local schools.

Volunteer
Rio Rancho Public Schools is always looking for volunteers. There are opportunities available in a wide variety of areas, including as a classroom or library helper, speaker, mentor, tutor, field-trip chaperone and worker at athletic and fine arts events.
To learn more about the district’s volunteer program, visit rrps.net and mouse over to the “District” tab at the top of the page and click on “Volunteers.” The opportunity to volunteer is available not only to parents, but to others who do not have a child enrolled in the district.
Volunteers must pay $10 for a background check.
For more information, contact Susie Ruiz, RRPS volunteer coordinator, at 896-0667 ext. 51186.

Stay connected
Parents of middle and high school students can keep track of their child’s grades by signing up for PowerSchool. Parents must present a photo identification at their child’s school and receive a password. Then visit rrps.net and toggle the “Parents” menu.
Parents can also stay connected with teachers and learn about school events by registering for SchoolFusion. Parents must get a passcode from the school or by calling 896-0667 ext. 309. After that, visit rrps.net, toggle the parent tab and click on “Parent Website Registration.” Once registered, parents can get homework information, calendar events and school and district news. They also can send a message to individual teachers.

Transportation Information
The district estimates that about 12,000 students a day will ride a bus to get to school. Students who live a mile from an elementary school, 1½ miles from a middle school and two miles from a high school qualify for transportation. Students may also qualify if the walking route to school is considered hazardous, such as having to cross a major road.
The district has mailed bus cards to all returning and pre-registered students. The cards contain bus numbers and bus stop information and must be presented to the driver the first time the student boards. Parents who have not received a card or who have additional questions can call Department of Student Transportation at 338-0078.

Safety Tips

  • Walking or riding a bike to school or to a school bus stop
  • Show students a safe route to and from school or the bus stop.
  • Obey all traffic signals, signs and/or crossing guards. Always use crosswalks when available.
  • Walk bikes through intersections.
  • Go with a buddy.
  • Be aware of the surroundings.
  • Avoid talking or responding to strangers.
  • Wear reflective material to be more visible to traffic and a helmet when riding a bike.

At the bus stop

  • Know your school bus number.
  • Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes early.
  • Stand at least five giant steps (10 feet) away from the curb and line up away from the street.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says it is OK to board before getting onto the bus.
  • Cross in front of the bus, not behind.
  • Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.

While on the bus

  • Respect the driver and others seated nearby and don’t speak to the driver unless necessary.
  • Stay in the seat and face forward and do not stand until the bus arrives at its destination.
  • Do not eat, drink, yell, shout or throw things while on the bus.
  • Keep arms inside at all times and keep aisles and exits clear of backpacks and other personal items.

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