Skyward Family Access is a great tool that allows parents and guardians to track their student’s attendance, grades, upcoming events, assignments, food service account and more! Here is a link to a quick video that gives an overview of Family Access.

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Skyward Family Access Mobile is available in Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Apps and Windows Apps

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For additional assistance, please click Skyward Login Assistance

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E-Funds for Schools easily add money to your student’s food service account.

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Rapid City Area Schools uses a notification service called School Messenger to send important information to families via phone calls, emails and text message. To comply with wireless carrier requirements and protect against unsolicited text messages, you may receive a text message on the wireless cell phone number that the district has on file, requesting that you “opt in” to receive important information via text. You can also register to receive text messages from the district. Simply type “Yes” to 67587.

You may also download the School Messenger app from the Apple Store and Google Play.  This app will allow you to set Push Notifications, as well as manage which messages should be received at each phone number or email address on file.

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Rapid City Area Schools Transportation Department is now using Stopfinder to view and share transportation schedules.  Access to student schedules is granted only to the student’s designated contacts by the Transportation Department. The Stopfinder contacts, at their discretion, may share their student’s schedule with caregivers (sub-subscribers).  An invitation can be sent to activate your Stopfinder account via email from

The app will also allow you to send private messages to the transportation department, receive push notifications and updates relating to transportation, and send real-time vehicle location notifications based on GeoAlert regions you create for your student.  Please watch this video to learn more about Stopfinder features:
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If you have not received an email invitation to register for Stopfinder or if you have any questions regarding your student’s schedule, please contact the transportation department at 605-355-3707 or by email at


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RapidRide has been providing fixed route public transportation services in Rapid City since 1992, operating on six different fixed routes, All youth 18 and under ride for free. While youth ride free, a bus pass is still required. Parents should fill out the registration form (link below) and return it to the bus depot to receive a pass.
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What to expect during a school emergency
School safety is an important issue and one that is certainly at the forefront of many of our minds as we send our children back to school. Not only is it important for students to feel safe and secure in their school surroundings, it’s important for their learning growth as well. That’s why the Rapid City Area Schools staff in partnership with local law enforcement continuously update and align emergency response procedures with best practices. Learn more about RCAS emergency procedures here.