The registration will start on March 26 and end on April 30.
[UPDATE, May 19, 2021] The registration was extended to May 31.
"All incoming kindergarten, grades 1, 7 and 11 in public elementary and secondary schools shall pre-register," said Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones.
Students in grades 2 to 6, 8 to 10, and 12 are already considered registered and will no longer need to participate.
Briones said the early registration will allow DepEd to prepare better and make necessary adjustments and plans for the coming school year. It will also help the agency anticipate the number of enrollees.
Registering early will also help the department locate, identify, and register out-of-school youths and children:
living with disabilities
living in an off-grid community
living in a barangay without a school
living in a geographically isolated area
living in an area with a high crime rate
The early registration can also help identify children with a chronic illness, kids with nutritional problems, and victims of child abuse.
Early registration is mandatory for all public schools. Meanwhile, private schools are not obliged to have enrollees register early, but they are mandated to strictly implement the kindergarten cut-off age pursuant to DepEd Order no. 20.
"The conduct of early registration shall be done remotely in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ)," Briones said. "In-person registration through parents or guardians may be allowed in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ)," she added.