Fear and anxiety around something like COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Here are a few resources and tips posted by UMBC Counseling that can help you and your family cope.
Phase 2 of the Return to On-Campus Work plan will begin on August 3. Most employees will continue to work remotely; some will be needed on campus. Whether working remotely or on campus, employees might be facing childcare and/or family care challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisors/department heads are asked to make every effort to be flexible in accommodating the needs of their employees. Supportive measures, resources, and leave options may include the following.
- Frequent well-being check-ins
- Temporary modified work schedules
- Leave under Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- Emergency Family Medical Leave (EFML)
- Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)
- Consideration of on-campus childcare (Y Preschool)
If employees test positive for COVID-19 or have reason to self isolate, they may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Please contact HR for more details.
Employee Assistance Program
UMBC Regular and Contingent II employees and members of their households have access to the USM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services at no charge. Program services include:
- Free Confidential Counseling
- Work-Life Solutions
- Legal Support
- Financial Information
Visit the State of Maryland’s testing location map. Testing is available for Maryland residents with a valid ID (driver’s license, U.S. passport, Social Security card).
Food and Shelter Assistance
Retrievers Essentials items will be available at the Campus Police Station and True Grit’s for immediate relief. The following resources are available locally in the event you or someone you know needs assistance related to food and housing access. You can search for your nearest food pantry, call 211, or visit one of the following:
Shelters are also available to those who need them. Please note that there are certain stipulations involved while staying in a shelter. Usually it means you are given a bed, you are supposed to store your belongings underneath the bed, etc. Prior to arrival, please check with the shelter staff for additional information.
The Behavioral Risk Assessment and Consultation Team assists faculty, staff, and students address situations where a person is displaying concerning behavior. The team is designed to provide information, recommendations, and referrals.