The Department of Education (DepEd) issued the DepEd Order (DO) No. 8, S, 2020 titled “DepEd Guidelines on Enrollment for School Year 2020-2021 in the Context of the Public Health Emergency Due to COVID-19.”
The DO contains policy guidelines providing schools various options for implementing a modified regular enrollment process that adheres to the guidelines set by the IATF, Office of the President, and DOH. These shall guide parents, legal guardians, and teachers in the enrollment of learners in public schools and ALS for SY 2020-2021.
GUIDELINES ON ENROLLMENT FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021 IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19
- Amid the public health emergency due to COVID-19, the Department of Education (DepEd) remains committed to find ways to provide learning opportunities to all Filipino learners for School Year (SY) 2020-2021. In its Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) titled Learning Opportunities Shall Be Available: The Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan in the Time of COVID-19, DepEd announced a greater emphasis on multiple learning delivery modalities such as blended learning, distance learning, and homeschooling, on top or to replace face-to-face learning modality in order to reduce possible exposure of learners and teachers to COVID-19.
- In this light, DepEd issues this enclosed policy guidelines providing schools various options for implementing a modified regular enrollment process that adheres to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the Office of the President, and the Department of Health (DOH).
- These modified enrollment guidelines, anchored on DepEd Order (DO) No. 03, s. 2018 (Basic Education Enrollment Policy), shall guide parents, legal guardians, and teachers in the enrollment of learners for SY 2020-2021. This policy provides a range of options to facilitate the enrollment of learners for all public schools in basic education and Alternative Learning System programs nationwide.
- These guidelines shall govern only the SY 2020-2021 enrollment. DO No. 03, s. 2018 remains in effect, but its provisions inconsistent with these guidelines are suspended for SY 2020-2021.
- For more information, please contact the Education Management and Information Systems Division-Planning Service, Department of Education Central Office through email at [email protected].
- Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order are directed.
Download: Learners Enrollment and Survey Form
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Enclosure to DO No. 8, S. 2020
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has engendered massive shifts in the functioning of governments and societies around the world. While much remains unknown about COVID-19, it is clear that the virus is highly contagious, and can be lethal to certain vulnerable groups. As such, governments must manage its spread to prevent it from overwhelming national public health systems.
Chief among these management strategies is the implementation of physical distancing and community quarantine measures, which present a significant challenge for the basic education sector given its reliance on the traditional mode requiring face-to-face interaction between learners and their teachers. But while the current public health emergency suspends the conduct of business as usual, DepEd remains committed to realizing the constitutional right to education by ensuring that learning opportunities shall continue to be provided in School Year (SY) 2020-2021. In its Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) titled Learning Opportunities Shall Be Available: The Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan in the Time of COVID-19, DepEd offers multiple learning delivery modalities such as blended learning, distance learning, and homeschooling, either on top or in place of the face-to-face learning modality.
Still, for learners to be able to formally avail of the learning opportunities, their enrollment is essential. DepEd can also utilize the enrollment process to generate learner and household information and data critical for designing the learning delivery strategies and approaches, and for planning, resource allocation, and policy formulation. However, the enrollment and data collection process must take into consideration the health and safety of its personnel and learners.
In this light, DepEd issues this policy providing schools and community learning centers (CLCs) various options for implementing a modified enrollment process that adheres to the guidelines and standards set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), the Office of the President, and the Department of Health, and the direction of the BE-LCP.
II. Policy Statement
The Department of Education adopts these modified enrollment guidelines to guide parents, legal guardians, school heads (SHs) and teachers in the enrollment of learners for SY 2020-2021. This policy provides a range of options relating to the enrollment of learners for all public schools in basic education and Alternative Learning System programs nationwide.
All learners who elect to enroll in public schools nationwide must be accepted and enrolled upon compliance with DepEd Order (DO) No. 03, s. 2018 or the Basic Education Enrollment Policy, as modified by these guidelines for SY 2020- 2021.
These guidelines seek to ensure continued access to learning opportunities through the conduct of an enrollment process that is efficient and in line with minimum health and safety standards. The learner survey shall provide the necessary information to inform planning, resource allocation, policy formulation, and intervention development for improved service delivery throughout the public health emergency.
These guidelines shall provide guidance to SHs, teachers, and parents/guardians regarding the new enrollment process for SY 2020-2021 in light of stringent physical distancing measures required to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The procedures and policies set forth under these guidelines shall be adopted by all public schools in basic education and personnel implementing Alternative Learning System (ALS) programs. State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) offering basic education and private schools in basic education are encouraged to adapt this policy to their specific contexts.
These guidelines shall apply only for SY 2020-2021. DO No. 03, s. 2018 remains in effect, but its provisions inconsistent with these guidelines are suspended for SY 2020-2021.
IV. Definition of Terms
For the purpose of this policy, the following terms are defined and understood as follows:
a. ALS Form 2 (Enrollment Form) – a basic information sheet of individuals who signified interest to enroll in ALS Program
b. Balik-Aral Learner – a learner who went back to school and resumed study after year/s of dropping out or discontinuing study
c. Enrollment Focal Person (EFP) – teachers without advisory class designated/appointed by the school head responsible for accommodating kindergarten, transferee, and Balik-Aral enrollees.
d. Enrollment Booth/Kiosk – a dedicated place/space for enrollment within the school and Barangay. It need not to be manned by school personnel for as long as necessary information materials and LESFs are readily available to the public. This will strictly be set up upon exhausting all means to remotely reach parents/guardians and/or learners for the enrollment.
e. Learner Enrollment and Survey Form (LESF) – a tool that will be used to register learners for the school year and gather information on household capacity to facilitate the administration of various learning modes (i.e., available devices, possible facilitators, etc).
f. Previous Adviser – class advisers of learners during SY 2019-2020 who will facilitate the remote enrollment for SY 2020-2021
g. Remote Enrollment – a process of registering learners conducted without face-to-face interaction
V. Enrollment Procedures
In keeping with strict physical distancing measures, enrollment for SY 2020-2021 shall primarily be administered remotely. Physical enrollment in schools or other similar activity shall be highly discouraged, even in low risk areas. The first two weeks shall completely be remote enrollment, where there will absolutely be no face-to-face. SDOs and schools shall exhaust all possible means to conduct remote enrollment. Unless otherwise necessary, any form of physical submission of enrollment data shall only be done on the 3rd week of the enrollment period, which shall be done in coordination with local government units (LGUs). Implementing remote enrollment shall take into consideration the resource inequalities and differing circumstances that exist among learners and teachers.
The implementation of a modified enrollment procedure this school year shall primarily be facilitated by previous advisers, who will collect and enter the enrollment and survey data into the End-of-School-Year Learner Information System (EOSY-LIS), except for kindergarten, transferees and Balik-Aral enrollees.
Thus, parents and/or enrollees shall submit Learner and Survey Forms to their previous class advisers. In addition, new data shall be collected this school year to capture information that will be relevant in assessing the capacity of the basic education system, and the appropriate targeting of learners, for the continuing delivery of learning in the context of constraints and opportunities presented by the physical distancing measures.
A. Instruction to Parents/Guardians and Enrollees
1. For Grades 1-12 learners
Parents of incoming Grades 1-12 learners will be contacted by the previous advisers for remote enrollment. However, parents/guardians may also reach out to their child’s adviser for enrollment through the contact numbers published by the school.
Making physical appearance in school for enrollment purposes shall be the last option for parents/guardians and/or learners. Such appearances shall be guided by the minimum health and safety protocols in the locality, and properly coordinated as to date and time, and with LGU officials up to the barangay level.
1. For incoming kindergarten enrollees
Parents of incoming kindergarten learners shall communicate their intent to enroll their children via digital and/or physical enrollment platforms established by schools.
2. For transferees
Learners planning to transfer from one school (“the originating school”) to another (“the receiving school”) shall directly contact the receiving school through its published enrollment contact details.
3. For Balik-Aral enrollees
All Balik-Aral enrollees shall directly contact preferred schools. Receiving schools shall register enrollee’s enrollment and survey data.
4. For ALS enrollees
ALS enrollees may communicate their intent to enroll via digital and/or physical enrollment platforms established by schools and barangays with community learning centers (CLCs). The form to be used is ALS Form 2 (Annex B)) based on DepEd Order No. 58, s. 2017. This will be made available in digital and physical format.
B. Protocol for Modified General Enrollment
This section guides teachers and school administrators in determining how to implement modified general enrollment considering health risk in their locality. This section identifies three major stages in this process – pre-data collection, data collection, and data retrieval – and provides procedures for each.
1. Pre-Data Collection
a. Designate teachers to facilitate enrollment
Class advisers shall be assigned to facilitate the remote enrollment of learners in their advisory class from the previous school year (i.e. SY 2019-2020). This assumes that schools have conducted Early Registration in accordance with the provisions of Section V-A of DepEd Order No. 03, s. 2018, where data gathered (e.g., learners’ contact information) can be utilized.
b. Appoint Enrollment Focal Person
Teachers without advisory classes shall be appointed as Enrollment Focal Persons (EFPs). Schools must ensure that each grade level has an appointed EFP to accommodate kindergarten, transferees and Balik-Aral enrollees. ALS teachers shall act as EFPs in order to accommodate ALS enrollees.
EFPs’ contact information shall be publicly posted to be easily accessed by prospective enrollees.
c. Disseminate information on enrollment procedures and Learner Enrollment and Survey Forms (LESF) (Annex A)
DepEd shall disseminate information on the enrollment procedures to the public through print, social media, radio and television. Specifically, schools shall publish the contact number of schools and/or designated teachers for queries and enrollment procedures.
SDOs and schools shall make Learner Enrollment and Survey Forms (LESFs) (Annex A) available either in digital or print format (whichever is safest to access).
Digital format shall also be made accessible/downloadable from the websites of the Central Office (CO), Regional Offices (ROs), School Division Offices (SDOs) and Schools. It shall also be made available in the Learner Information System (LIS) homepage.
ROs and SDOs shall also establish hotlines in line with Operation Balik Eskwela to disseminate information and respond to queries on enrollment procedures.
d. Defer deadlines for submission of documentary requirements
In recognition of the difficulties presented by the current public health emergency and the guidelines set by the IATF, deadlines for the submission of documentary requirements required under Section V-A of DO No. 03, s. 2018 shall be deferred to December 2020. This shall apply in both public and private schools.
Only schools and their personnel shall coordinate the transmission of learners’ records, whether internally (e.g., between a learner’s previous and incoming class advisers) or externally (i.e., between schools). As such, schools shall not compel learners and their parents/guardians to take responsibility for transmission of school records.
e. Encourage stakeholder participation
Active participation of stakeholders is crucial to the success of the enrollment process. DepEd shall exhaust available means to engage stakeholders from information dissemination to the actual conduct of the enrollment.
Parents shall be encouraged to proactively communicate with previous teachers of their child during the enrollment period, except for incoming kindergarten, transferees, Balik- Aral and ALS enrollees.
2. Data collection
Collection of Learner Enrollment and Survey Form or LESF shall adopt various means to ensure safety of all involved parties such as phone call, SMS messaging, and online submission. Parents/guardians shall only use printed LESFs as a last resort for enrolling their child in school.
a. Through class advisers
Class advisers shall contact each learner in their advisory class from SY 2019-2020 using the contact information found in the SF1 and data obtained from early registration.
Contact shall as much as possible be done remotely, with priority given to phone calls, short message service (SMS) and social media (e.g., Facebook Messenger), whichever is mutually convenient for both parties.
b. Through the initiative of parents/guardians
Schools shall provide specific instructions on how parents/guardians of prospective enrollees may contact appointed EFPs.
Once contacted by the parents/guardians of prospective enrollees, appointed EFPs shall collect the necessary data stipulated in these guidelines.
EFPs shall accommodate inquiries and facilitate data collection as remotely as possible, whether via phone call, short message service (SMS) and social media (e.g., Facebook Messenger), whichever is mutually convenient to both parties.
In the event that parents/guardians are not able to submit enrollment data through the established remote platforms, schools, in close coordination with LGUs, shall set up physical platforms (i.e. kiosk/booth) to collect LESFs. This shall be done in strict compliance with the minimum health and safety standards. Instructions to submit through these physical platforms shall be announced through multimedia platforms (i.e. radio, TV, social media).
Teachers may encode their LESF data upon collection in the provided template while waiting for their respective LIS encoding schedules. The digital format of the enrollment form and the encoding template can be accessed through the LIS.
For teachers without laptops and internet connectivity, any physical reporting to schools to encode LESF data shall strictly adhere to the minimum health and safety standards. If conditions will not allow for physical reporting in school, filled-out hard copies of the LESF will be compiled until the LIS opens for encoding.
Teachers with existing medical conditions shall be provided with assistance during data collection.
a. For Existing Learners
Following the same process in updating the enrollment status of learners at the End of School Year (EOSY Updating), the enrollment status of learners in a school’s registry shall be updated based on their SF-9 (Learner Progress Report Card).
For this purpose, the previous class adviser shall encode collected learner data from the LESF in the LIS.
b. For Incoming Kindergarten, Transferees, Balik-Aral, and ALS Learners
For incoming kindergarten, transferees, Balik-Aral, and ALS learners, the designated EFP shall encode collected learner data from the LESF in the provided template. This template shall be forwarded by schools to the Planning and Research Unit at the SDO for consolidation.
LIS encoding may be scheduled once the system experiences congestion. Encoding schedules and instructions shall be posted on the LIS.
SHs shall ensure that all teachers have the means and support to encode LESF data. SHs shall also extend encoding assistance to teachers who have existing medical conditions and are not permitted to leave their homes.
Public and private schools shall complete their encoding of LESF data in the LIS EOSY module no later than July 07, 2020.
3. Data retrieval
The Central Office (CO) shall retrieve new data pertaining to the LESF from the LIS and process the results. ROs and SDOs shall also be given access to the new data and the processed results.
VI. Data Privacy
1. Schools shall properly dispose of accomplished printed enrollment and learner survey forms after these are encoded in the LIS.
2. The Data Protection Officer shall ensure the Department’s compliance with the requirements of the Data Privacy Act during the enrollment process. He/she may issue further guidelines as necessary.
3. Regional Directors, Schools Division Superintendents, and SHs shall act as Data Compliance Officers at their respective levels of governance and ensure the protection of collected personal information. They may use the results of the survey to plan and develop interventions for their respective jurisdictions consistent with the requirements of the Data Privacy Act.
4. The Planning Service (PS) shall process the results of the survey for policy and program development purposes consistent with the requirements of the Data Privacy Act.
VII. Monitoring and Evaluation
The Planning Service through the Educational Management Information System Division (EMISD) and the School Effectiveness Division (SED) – BHROD; the Policy, Planning, and Research Division (PPRD), Quality Assurance Division (QAD) of the Regional Offices; and the School Governance Operations Divisions (SGOD) of Schools Division Offices shall conduct monitoring, provide technical assistance, and gather issues, best practices, and feedback, provided that these activities shall be done remotely.
These guidelines shall govern only the SY 2020-2021 enrollment. DepEd Order No. 03, s. 2018 remains in effect but its provisions inconsistent with these guidelines are suspended for SY 2020-2021.
DepEd Order No. 03, s. 2018 – Basic Education Enrollment Policy
DepEd Order No. 32, s. 2018 – Policy Guidelines on the Collection of Data/Information Requirements for Beginning of School Year (SY) 2018–2019 in the Learner Information System (LIS) and Enhanced Basic Education Information System (EBEIS)
DepEd Order No. 58, s. 2017 – Adoption of New School Forms for Kindergarten, Senior High School, Alternative Learning System, Health and Nutrition, and Standardization of Permanent Records
DepEd Order No. 8, S. 2020 – Download
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