In the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, several local resources are open to those in need of food, medical care and childcare. Local residents are asked to actively monitor COVID-19 updates provided by county and school websites and follow recommended national guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, K-12 public schools across New Mexico are shut down for three weeks starting Monday, March 16, through April 3. Extended school closures can create hardship for families, including those on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. During the three-week mandatory school closure, grab-n-go breakfasts and lunches will be made available (Monday through Friday) to children up to the age of 18. Locations are listed below.
As this is a challenging time for our community, we will continue to provide the latest on pertinent information for our residents.
National information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
City of Rio Rancho:
The City of Rio Rancho has been working and will continue to work closely with local organizations and agencies, including the NMDOH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding recommendations, messaging, preparations, and updates.
Rio Rancho message: https://rrnm.gov/4463/COVID-19-Coronavirus
Rio Rancho Public Schools:
During the three-week mandatory school closure, grab-n-go breakfast and lunches will be made available (Monday through Friday) to children up to the age of 18 at the following locations:
-Rio Rancho Middle School (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
-Ernest Stapleton Elementary School (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
-Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
-Puesta del Sol Elementary School (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
-Colinas del Norte Elementary School (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
-Sandia Vista Elementary School (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
-Lincoln Middle School (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Children must be in the vehicle with the adult picking up the meals in order for us to release the meals. We will provide both breakfast and lunch in a grab-n-go format at the same time.
School Updates: https://www.rrps.net/district/about_our_district/what_s_new/coronavirus_updates
For questions relating to Rio Rancho schools specifically, please call (505) 896-0667 any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Rio Rancho Public Schools Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RioRanchoPublicSchools/.
The State of New Mexico has provided hotline numbers to answer New Mexicans’ questions:
Health-related questions, reporting, etc: 1-855-600-3453
All other questions (businesses, schools, unemployment, childcare, etc.): 1-833-551-0518
Coronavirus Disease 2019 in New Mexico: https://cv.nmhealth.org/.
New Mexico Kids
New Mexico Kids has the most up-to-date information available regarding the public health emergency around COVID-19. They are working closely with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department and the Department of Health to continue to provide childcare resource and referral services with updated information. at http://www.newmexicokids.org/coronavirus/
Another resource is Child Care Services Bureau through New Mexico Children, You & Families Department, https://cv.nmhealth.org/, or call 505-841-4843.
Boys & Girls Clubs
Local Boys & Girls Clubs provide resources that can help parents who must go to work.
Call 505-892-892-3191 for more information.
Albuquerque Journal article
We urge all Rio Rancho residents to stay healthy and cautious during this challenging time.
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