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Caregiving Resources Available to Employees & Important COVID-19 Reminders

September 8, 2021

Dear Staff,

With the start of the fall semester underway, I am writing to describe some important resources available to staff as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety remains our priority, and we are committed to supporting you during this time.
I especially want to emphasize the caregiving resources that help provide a network of support for our faculty and staff. In addition, I hope the reminders below provide a helpful recap of COVID-19 procedures, practices and requirements.
Caregiving Resources
This past spring, we announced an important benefit that can assist employees in navigating caregiving responsibilities. Care@Work, the University’s partnership with, offers employees a number of valuable benefits:
  • Access to’s premium membership (at no cost) to self-search’s screened providers for child, senior, pet, and home care.
  • Ability to arrange for subsidized backup child or adult care when regular, planned care is not available.
  • Part-time and full-time recurring tuition discounts at participating childcare centers across the U.S.

Full details about the Care@Work benefit as well as other family care resources can be found on UHR’s Family Care webpage.

Current Health and Safety Requirements
Current requirements to support our health and safety are on the university’s COVID-19 Information Website. Any staff member (regardless of vaccination status) who does not comply with the masking requirement or any other health and safety requirements should expect to be held accountable through the progressive discipline process outlined on UHR’s website.
Requesting Accommodation
If you are at risk for complications from COVID-19 due to a medical condition, you may request a COVID-19 related disability accommodation by completing the University Human Resources (UHR) Accommodation Request Form. If you have questions about your eligibility or about the process, contact UHR Leave Management at
If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19 or Test Positive
Immediately contact the HEAL Line (301-405-4325) for further instructions and notify your supervisor. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Information Website.
Encouraging Others to Comply
In addition to following health and safety requirements, each of us can play a part in keeping Terps safe again this academic year by reminding others to comply. If you see someone on campus who is not following the requirements, you can:
  • Ask: If you are comfortable talking with the person, respectfully ask them to comply.
  • Offer: If you are comfortable, provide the person with information or options, such as suggesting that the person get a mask from their supervisor, or showing them how to wear a mask properly.
  • Leave: If they don't comply, calmly remove yourself from the situation.
  • Report: You may report the incident to someone in authority (e.g. supervisor, a department leader) or by using the UMD Compliance Reporting System.

If you have any questions about the above guidance, contact UHR’s Office of Staff Relations at 301-405-0001. Questions about the Family Care resources can be directed to Dave Rieger, Assistant Director of Benefits at

Rythee Lambert-Jones
Interim Assistant Vice President, University Human Resources
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