The Department of Education (DepEd) releases DepEd Order No. 32, s. 2021 dated August 13, 2021, titled Guidelines on Enrollment for School Year 2021-2022 in the context of the continuing National Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19.
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Guidelines on Enrollment for School Year 2021-2022 in the Context of the Continuing National Public Health Emergency Due to COVID-19
Amid the continuing national public health emergency due to COVID-19, the Department of Education (DepEd) remains resolved to find ways to improve the provision of learning opportunities to all Filipino learners for School Year (SY) 2021-2022. Taking into account the challenges and opportunities encountered, the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) shall continue to be the blueprint and guidepost of DepEd continuing efforts ensuring learning continuity.
In this light, DepEd issues the enclosed Guidelines on Enrollment for School Year 2021-2022 in the context of the continuing National Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 to provide schools various options for implementing an enhanced 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 guidelines shall guide parents, legal guardians, and teachers in the enrollment of learners for SY 2021-2022. This policy provides a range of options to facilitate the enrollment of learners for all public schools in basic education and Alternative Learning System (ALS) programs nationwide. 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 govern only the SY 2021-2022 enrollment. DepEd Order No. 03, s. 2018 remains in effect, but its provisions inconsistent with these guidelines are suspended for SY 2021-2022.
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Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.
DepEd Order No. 32, s. 2021 – Guidelines on Enrollment for School Year 2021-2022 in the Context of the Continuing National Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has engendered massive shifts in the functioning of governments and societies around the world. Particularly for the basic education sector in the Philippines, schools were forced to shift to remote learning, thus affecting more than 27 million Filipino learners in more than 60 thousand schools nationwide.
To facilitate learning continuity in the context of the continuing national public health emergency, the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) in the Time of COVID 19, as contained in DepEd Order (DO) No. 012, s. 2020 entitled “Adoption of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan for School Year 2020-2021 in the Light of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” shall continue to provide guidance on the delivery of basic education for school year (SY) 2021-2022. The health, safety and wellbeing of all learners, teachers, and non-teaching personnel shall remain as the utmost priority of the Department.
The enrollment process is one of the key activities of the Department conducted in preparation for the school year opening. In this light, DepEd issues these Guidelines on Enrollment for School Year 2021-2022 in the Context of the Continuing National Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 in order to clarify the roles of key stakeholders in the enrollment process; to introduce improvements in the reporting mechanisms, the Learner Enrollment and Survey Form (LESF), and the encoding procedure in the Learner Information System (LIS); and to address considerations for vaccinated school personnel.
This policy shall provide guidance to school heads, teachers, and parents/guardians regarding the new enrollment process for SY 2021-2022, which will start on August 16, 2021 and continue until the start of the School Year on September 13, 2021, considering the health and safety 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, including for 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 2021-2022. DO No. 03, s. 2018 remains in effect, but its provisions inconsistent with these guidelines are suspended for SY 2021 -2022.
Definition of Terms
For the purpose of this policy, the following terms are defined and understood as follows:
ALS Enrollment Focal Person (AEFP)
personnel in charge of receiving the ALS enrollment form and respond to queries related to ALS.
ALS Form 2 (Enrollment Form)
a basic information sheet of individuals who signified interest to enroll in ALS Program.
a learner who went back to school and resumed study after year/s of dropping out or discontinuing study.
Date of Official Enrollment
refers to the date when the parent/guardian/learner confirmed the enrollment earlier made thru submission of MLESF or the date when the learner started to participate in any learning activities by September 13, 2021 onwards.
type of remote enrollment strategy where parents may just drop the accomplished MLESF in the enrollment dropbox or kiosk/booth, whichever is appropriate, located in front of the school gate, in front of the Barangay halls and other strategic locations that are accessible to parents and guardians.
Grade Level Enrollment Chair (GLEC)
personnel assigned to manage and facilitate a smooth enrollment process for specific grade level.
Modified Learner Enrollment and Survey Form (MLESF)
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 modalities (i.e., available devices, possible facilitators, etc.).
MLESF Summary Matrix Form
A tabulation template for the selected MLESF data elements that will be used as reference in encoding/updating enrollment quick count in LIS for the period August 16 to September 13, 2021.
a process of registering learners conducted without face-to-face interaction.
School Enrollment Focal Person (SEFP)
personnel designated by the school to oversee the overall conduct of enrollment and who shall receive all MLESF submitted by parents or guardians.
DepEd adopts these guidelines to guide parents, legal guardians, school heads and teachers in the enrollment of learners for SY 2021-2022. This policy provides a range of options relating to the enrollment of learners for all public schools in basic education and ALS programs nationwide.
All learners who elect to enroll in public schools nationwide must be accepted and enrolled upon compliance with DO No. 03, s. 2018 or the Basic Education Enrollment Policy, as modified by these guidelines for SY 2021-2022.
These guidelines seek to ensure continued access to learning opportunities through the conduct of an enrollment process that is efficient, safe, 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.