(Eagle News) – The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued guidelines on a “modified regular enrollment process” for school year 2020-2021 amid the COVID-19 health emergency.
Under Department Order No. 8 s. 2020, issued on Thursday, May 28, enrollment “shall primarily be administrated remotely”, with physical enrollment “highly discouraged” even in areas declared as low risk for COVID-19.
“The first two weeks shall completely be remote enrollment, where there will absolutely be no face-to-face,” the order said.
Instead, schools should exhaust all possible means to conduct remote enrollment, and physical submission of any data shall be done on the third week of the enrollment period.
Per the guidelines, parents or enrollees shall submit requisite forms to their previous class advisers, who in turn will collect and enter the enrollment and survey data into the End-of-School-Year Learner Information System (EOSY-LIS).
In case of kindergarten enrollees, parents “shall communicate their intent to enroll their children via digital and/or physical enrollment platforms established by schools.”
Transferees and Balik-Aral enrollees shall directly contact their receiving or preferred schools, while Alternative Learning System enrollees may utilize digital or physical enrollment platforms of schools and barangays with community learning centers.
Schools were also directed to make enrollment forms “available either in digital or print format (whichever is safest to access)”.
Deadlines for submission of documentary requirements was also deferred to December 2020, for all public and private schools.
“[S]chools shall not compel learners and their parents/guardians to take responsibility for transmission of school records”, the order said.
The enrollment guidelines applies only for SY 2020-2021, and will be adopted by all public schools in basic education as well as those implementing Alternative Learning System (ALS) programs.
“State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) offering basic education and private schools in basis education are encouraged to adapt this policy to their specific contexts”, the order stated.
Eagle News Service