Families in Transition

Last Updated: 10/7/2021 3:06 PM


Central Columbia School District recognizes the need to promptly identify homeless children and youths within the district, facilitate their imediate enrollment, and eliminate existing barriers to their attendance and education, in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.  Central Columbia School District shall ensure that homeless children and youths have equal access to the same educational programs and services provided to other district students.  It is the policy of Central Columbia School District that no student shall be discriminated against, segregated or stigmatized based on his/her homeless status.

Homeless Children and Youth means individuals show lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, and includes:

  1. Children and youth who are:
    1. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
    2. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    3. Living in emergency, transitional or domestic violence shelters; or
    4. Abandoned in hospitals.
  2. Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  3. Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings;
  4. Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above; and
  5. School-aged parents living in houses for school-aged parents if they have no other available living accommodations.

Christina Fish
Director of Pupil Services

(570) 784-2850, Ext. 4043
Fax (570) 387-0192

Mrs. Fish is a graduate of Bloomsburg University. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Special Education in 1992 and a Master's Degree in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 1993. In 1999 she was awarded a Certificate of Special Education Supervision from Bloomsburg University. In May of 2016 she was awarded Superintendent's Letter from Marywood. She is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program for Educational Leadership through Delaware Valley University. 

Mrs. Fish worked for the CSIU for 17 years; 6 years as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 1 year as an Educational Consultant in Behavior and Curriculum & Instruction, and 10 years as a Special Education Supervisor. During her tenure she also served as an Adjunct Professor for Bloomsburg University and Marywood University teaching Special Education Law. Mrs. Fish also taught Introduction to Psychology at McCann School of Business and Technology for two years.  Mrs. Fish joined Central Columbia in 2010 as Dir. of Special Education. In addition to those responsibilities Mrs. Fish is the Title IX Officer, Office of Civil Rights Officer, the Homeless Liaison, the Foster Care Liaison. She also serves on the district's Act 48 Committee and the Safety Committee.

Jen Haubert
Prevention Specialist
(570) 784-2850, Ext. 3000
Fax (570) 387-0192

Mrs. Haubert is a 2008 graduate of Bloomsburg University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  She continued her education at Marywood University, earning her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2010.  Mrs. Haubert has been contracted at Central Columbia School District for the majority of her career.  She was first employed as a Blended Counselor through Synergy Systems Group, Inc. and is currently employed through CMSU as a Prevention Specialist.  Mrs. Haubert provides prevention services to Central Columbia students in grades K-12, and helps to link families to resources within the community.  Mrs. Haubert also serves on the SAP team in the Elementary, Middle, and High school.

A General Guide to PA's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program

Central Columbia School Board Policy 251 - Homeless Students

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

McKinney-Vento At a Glance