• The Star Staff

Education Dept. recruiting psychologists, nurses

By John McPhaul


The Puerto Rico Department of Education (DE) on Thursday began the process of hiring 857 psychologists and 850 school nurses for the 2020-2021 school year, a project that is part of the health and safety measures for the public system’s schools and school communities.

“In such an unusual school year, it is important that we have the best resources to assist our students,” Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced said in a written statement. “Socio-emotional support is a key element during this situation.”

Education Secretary Eligio Hernández Pérez noted that for the hiring of temporary nurses, the DE assigned $28 million, of which 50 percent comes from the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, while the the other 50 percent are commonwealth funds approved by the Financial Oversight and Management Board.

Meanwhile, an allocation of $50 million in commonwealth funds was earmarked for the hiring of psychology professionals.

“We have seen the importance of the surveillance system for symptoms associated with COVID-19 as one of the best strategies to stop its spread,” Hernández Pérez said. “It is these professionals who will help us in managing the pandemic and in supporting emotional health in our educational system.”

Applicants for nursing positions, whose monthly salary will be $2,560, must meet a series of requirements, among them being possession of a valid license to practice nursing on the island. The nurses will offer auxiliary medical services to students in public schools, according to the call for hiring.

In the case of school psychologists, the base salary will be $4,490 per month and applicants must hold a valid license to practice psychology, as well as registration and current recertification as a health professional, among other requirements.

These professionals must take an evaluation in which a score will be awarded for academic preparation, courses or training, and for work experience directly related to the functions of the position.

The call for nurses opened Thursday and continues until Monday, while the call for psychologists also opened from Thursday continues until Wednesday, Aug. 26 to comply with the 10 regulatory days required by the island government’s Office of Administration and Transformation of Human Resources.

Both calls were already published on the DE’s official communications platform and will also be published on the agency’s social media networks (@educacionpr). Candidates who meet the requirements should bring the completed and printed job applications along with the corresponding documents to the following centers from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Regional Educational Office

José A. Cedeño Avenue STE 210 B Government Center


Dr. Hiram González School

Urb. San Fernando D Street, No. 9 Interior


Abelardo Díaz Morales School playground court

Santa Gertrudis Street


Regional Educational Office

Boulevard del Río Avenue, Tower 2 (2nd Floor)


Nenadich Street, Office 101 Regional Educational Office


Ponce Fair Complex

Rafael Cordero Santiago Avenue

San Juan

Trina Padilla School

950 Jesús T. Piñeiro Avenue, San Juan