Posted on July 8, 2024
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July 8, 2024

Dear School District of Philadelphia Families,

The School District of Philadelphia is excited to announce the 4th Annual Back-to-School Celebration & Bus Tour! We cannot wait to hit the streets and help families prepare for the first day of the 2024-2025 school year – Monday, August 26, 2024.

As in previous years, the Tour is powered by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, and brings critical Back-to-School information and services right to your neighborhood. From July 29 through August 17, the bus will travel across Philly hosting 7 fun-filled Mega-Events co-sponsored by various partners including Radio One, Office Depot, and Roosevelt Mall – as well as a new partner this year – Fashion District Philadelphia! At these events you can:

  • enjoy snacks and frozen treats
  • participate in fun games and raffles
  • chat with our Street Team Ambassadors to get the back-to-school information you need
  • register your child for PreKindergarten through 12th grade
  • participate in educational activities
  • sign up for a Parent Portal account
  • get a free backpack and school supplies
  • receive critical information from dozens of our partner organizations from around the city
  • have your child receive for free the immunizations and school physicals required to attend school, and more.

Find the full Bus Tour schedule, latest back-to-school updates, immunization opportunities, and other important information at or by calling 215-400-4000. I hope to see you at one of the bus tour stops, and cannot wait to ring in a new school year this fall.

In partnership,

Tony B. Watlington Sr., Ed.D.
The School District of Philadelphia