COVID-19 Guidance for UT Space Institute Employees
The UT Space Institute is taking preventive measures to ensure the health and safety of employees while also ensuring the continuity of business operations during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
PREPARATION TO RETURN TO WORK/CAMPUS
Prior to returning to campus, UTSI employees and students need to complete the following:
- UTSI Self-Observation Questionnaire. Complete and send a copy of the completed questionnaire to the HR office, MS-11, when returning to campus.
- K@TE training course, “COVID-19: What you Need to Know.” Depending on the number of links you review within the course, it will take 20 – 45 minutes to complete the course. Provide a copy of the completion certificate to the UTSI Safety Office, MS-14.
Though not required, the “Recommended COVID-19 Training.pdf” contains additional COVID-19 training that is recommended, but not required. If you complete any of the training provided in the attachment, provide a copy of the completion certificate to the UTSI Safety Office. Note: Not all courses in the attachment provide a completion certificate. Remember to charge the time you spend completing the questionnaire and training to account number E02-0120003.
Contact your Department Head/Supervisor if you have any questions about UTSI COVID-19 processes and procedures. If you have questions about K@TE training, please contact the UTSI Human Resources office at email@example.com.
Resources for Employees
New Self-Check Survey for Employees Returning to the Workplace
In partnership with the UT Health Science Center, the UT System is now offering a self-check survey for employees to use before they go into the office. The purpose of this questionnaire is for you to self-check your daily health prior to coming to work. It was developed with criteria from the CDC.
Click here to log in to the UT System’s online daily check survey.
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
To stay informed on the status of COVID-19:
• For For a comprehensive list of statewide resources, please visit: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html
• The Department of Health (TDH) provides up-to-date information for the status of COVID-19 in Tennessee at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html
• COVID-19 symptoms found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
• The CDC has updated information and guidance available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Additional state resources:
• Do Your Part. Stay Apart. – tn.gov/health
• COVID-19 Unified Command – www.tn.gov/unifiedcommand
• Daily COVID-19 Media Briefings – https://sts.streamingvideo.tn.gov/Mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/mediasiteadmin-covid-19-media-briefing
• COVID-19 in Tennessee: The Basics – https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/faqs.html
• COVID-19 Small Business Resources – https://www.tn.gov/ecd/covid-19-small-business-resources
At this time, all UT Space Institute employees are urged to work remotely for the health and safety of our community.
For IT assistance to work remotely, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 931-393-7254 and leave message. For information on Remote Connections and Telephone Services and other useful info, check out their website at https://www.utsi.edu/computer-services-home/.
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Educational Assistance (Fee Waiver forms)
Online Training through K@TE (pronounced “Kate”)
K@TE is the University of Tennessee’s Learning Management System that grants UT employees access to e-Learning professional development courses.
There are multiple online training opportunities through K@TE such as Working Remotely, Working from Home: Strategies for Remote Employees, Managing Virtual Teams, Leading Virtual Meetings, Time Management: Working from Home and courses to improve computer and customer services skills and safety just to name a few. K@TE has also added several new learning sessions regarding COVID-19.
How to log-in to K@TE:
- Log into K@TE (kate.tennessee.edu). You will need you Net ID and Password.
- Search for the topic/program you’d like to view.
- Click on the course.
- Click “Launch”. (Or, “Request” if taking a curriculum)
- A pop-up will appear (you must enable pop-ups).
- Click “Start Course”.
The UT Space Institute Human Resources Office can be reached by emailing email@example.com or calling 931-393-7226. Individual email contact information below:
Patricia Burks-Jelks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Ledford, email@example.com
Courtney Maricle-Frazier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Carr, email@example.com
Molly West, firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners for Health TN is updating COVID-19 related information for state and higher education employees on state insurance plans. View the latest COVID-19 related health insurance information (PDF).
The Employee Assistance Program is offered through Optum Health and designed to provide free confidential assistance to help employees and their families resolve problems that influence their personal lives or job performance. EAP services are available to all benefits-eligible UT employees and their spouses and dependent children. Benefits include up to five no-cost EAP visits with a provider in our EAP network per year.
Contact EAP any time
Employees can access EAP at any time by visiting here4tn.com or calling 855-Here4TN (855-437-3486; TDD/TTY dial 711).
The Optum Public Crisis Line is 866-342-6892. This line is available to everyone, so you can share the number with your family and friends. Caring professionals connect callers to resources 24/7.
Optum’s COVID-19 support page hosts a wealth of resources and supports for well-being.
Free Sanvello premium access will be available during the COVID-19 crisis. This app provides coping tools, peer support, and on-demand help with reducing stress and anxiety.
Resources available through EAP and Optum Health
- COVID-19 Member FAQ
- Coping with a Public Health Event
- Managing COVID-19 Anxiety
- Reigniting your Health when Working from Home
- Mental Health Tips during a Quarantine
- Tips for Helping Children during a Quarantine
- Tips for Helping Older Adults during a Quarantine
Updates from the University of Tennessee
- UTSI Human Resources
- UT Policies
- UTSI Procedures
- UT Directory
- UTSI Employment
- UTSI Employee Development
- Staff Performance Evaluation
- Employee Benefits
- HR Forms
- Employee Relations Committee (ERC)
- Human Resources Links
- Equity and Diversity
- Title IX \ Sexual Harassment
- UTSI Title IX Annual Report
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