The Escambia County School Board on Tuesday voted to continue the “navigator” program next school year. Navigators are quasi-social workers who help students and their families navigate the process of accessing aid programs for food, clothing and other necessities.
The renewed program will spread 32 navigators across 34 schools in the district. During the 2021-22 school year, navigators helped — either directly or indirectly — about one in five Escambia students.
That amounts to 15,572 referrals, ECSD says. The positions, which pay $5,359 a month, are funded through Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, which was included in the CARES Act.
– Drew Wilson, Florida Politics