Families in Transition


Central Columbia School District recognizes the need to promptly identify homeless children and youths within the district, facilitate their immediate 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.

Mr. Thomas Sharrow

Mr. Thomas Sharrow
Curriculum Coordinator
[email protected]
570-784-2850 ext. 4005

Mr. Sharrow attended Southern Columbia High School in Catawissa, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/ Anthropology and received his Elementary teaching certificate from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sharrow completed and earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and his Principal's Certificate from Wilkes University

Mr. Sharrow taught 5th grade for 12 years at Central Columbia Middle School. He has served as an assistant basketball and football coach at Central. In August 2006, Mr. Sharrow became the assistant principal for Central Columbia Elementary and Middle Schools. July 2011 Mr. Sharrow became the Central Columbia Elementary School Principal.

Mr. Sharrow is married to Polly, a kindergarten teacher with the Southern Columbia School District. They have 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter, Alec, Addison, and Andrew.

Jen Haubert
Jen Haubert
Prevention Specialist
[email protected]
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

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