As the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order continues, several local resources are open to those in need of food, medical care, childcare and business support. 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.
Small Business Support
Small businesses in Rio Rancho are feeling the effects of the statewide stay-at-home order that has changed the way everyone is living their lives. This is causing hardships for the families of business owners, employees and loyal customers. The City of Rio Rancho has been working to gather resources in one place for small businesses that could benefit them most during this crisis including a helpful resource webpage for small businesses in the community to find tools that will help them navigate this challenging time. Find information about unemployment assistance, employee retention tax credits, small business loans and more: https://rrnm.gov/4484/COVID-19-Economic-Recovery-Information-H
Rio Rancho Public Schools:
With school being cancelled for the remainder of the school year, Rio Rancho Public Schools (RRPS) students are participating in modified coursework online. Parents are not expected to engage their children in full homeschool efforts. The district will continue to provide grab-and-go meals for students at these 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 DO NOT need to be in the vehicle with the adult picking up the meals in order for us to release the meals. Breakfast and lunch in a grab-n-go format are given at the same time.
Additional 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.
RRPS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RioRanchoPublicSchools/.
St. Felix Pantry is open to guests Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9a.m.-12p.m. to help feed those is need. https://stfelixpantry.org/
New Mexico Kids 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.
The State of New Mexico
The state’s hotline numbers below will help answer New Mexicans’ questions:
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
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