Rio Rancho Public Schools is closing all schools Friday due to the significant snowfall from Wednesday across Sandoval County and in the metro area, and expected freezing temperatures overnight, leading to icy and slippery roads.

There will be no in-person or remote learning for students Friday, and it will be a snow day.

In addition, the after-school SAFE Program and the RRPS COVID-19 testing site, operated by PMG USA, will not operate Friday.

“While we understand that your neighborhood may not appear to have much snow or ice, Rio Rancho Public Schools’ boundaries are expansive and many areas, including more northern areas of the city and areas with dirt roads, will be unsafe for travel by school buses,” according to the RRPS announcement. “Safety is always our top priority.

“In addition to the safety issues associated with roads, the freezing temperatures raise significant concerns for us when we consider students who ride buses and would need to wait at bus stops in such frigid temperatures. The temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until dismissal times.

“The closure will also allow us to conduct some deep cleaning in our facilities and assess any possible building damage from freezing temperatures.”

Students are expected back in classrooms Monday, except for Shining Stars Preschool and Puesta del Sol Elementary, which will remain remote Monday and return to in-person learning as scheduled Tuesday.