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Working On Campus

When the semester shifted to remote learning in March 2020, the vast majority of Belmont employees began working from home. As part of Belmont’s preparations for the return to on-campus learning, the University implemented a careful phasing in of in-person work for our employees. New behaviors and protocols were put into place to encourage all to work together to keep our campus community safe and healthy.

  • Return to Work Plan: Phases
  • Return to Work Plan: Strategies

Employee COVID-19 Checklist & Reporting Protocols

All faculty and staff are required to complete a Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker form each morning through Belmont’s Health Portal. This process is HIPAA privacy and security compliant. The Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker will ask employees to respond to a few simple questions to determine if they have had close contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 or if they are experiencing any symptoms, like fever, coughing or shortness of breath. When employees complete and submit the Tracker, Belmont’s Health Services team will be alerted to any potential concerns and can contact employees directly to determine next steps. Additional information on the Symptom Tracker, including directions on setting up text reminders and an FAQ document, can be found on the Staying Healthy Together page.

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
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    If an Employee Reports Symptoms of COVID-19 at work or prior to coming to work
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    If an Employee Reports Positive Test For COVID-19
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    If an Employee Lives with or Has Had Close Personal Contact With Someone Who Has Tested Positive Or Is Displaying COVID-19 Like Symptoms

Leave Policies

Belmont has several types of leave that may apply to COVID-related situations, depending on the circumstances. Examples include sick leave, FMLA, catastrophic leave, vacation leave and floating holidays. The University is reviewing how all of these work together to address this unique situation and will provide additional information. In the meantime, supervisors should send an employee home if they suspect they may be sick. Follow the COVID-19 Reporting Protocols. Contact HR for further consultation. 

We know this is a difficult time for all of our faculty and staff and especially those balancing parenting responsibilities. As school districts throughout Middle Tennessee announce altered fall schedules, we understand the challenges that some employees with school-aged children may face. While we know that this does not address all concerns, we are providing a Childcare Resource List.  Your well-being and the well-being of your children is a top priority. We encourage you to reach out to your Supervisor, Dean, Human Resources or your Senior Leader if you have questions about your particular situation.

Childcare Resource List 

COVID-19 Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance
Some Belmont employees may be considered essential employees under Human Services Personnel.
Register online for Child Care Payment Assistance

Tennessee Directory of Active Childcare Providers During COVID-19

Metro Nashville Public Schools Resource Site

The companies listed below may also be helpful resources as they all recruit Belmont students as caregivers on their platforms:

Additional county-by-county childcare resources can be found below.

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    Davidson County Providers for School Aged Children
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    Sumner County Providers for School Aged Children
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    Williamson County Providers for School Aged Children

Meetings and Gatherings

Supervisors have been asked to identify and close areas where people are likely to congregate and interact (for example, break rooms and lobbies), and to enforce social distancing protocols. Common areas will remain closed until it is determined that it is safe to hold group gatherings.

  • Avoid groupings in hallways, restrooms, elevators and stairwells.
  • Social distancing should be observed during all breaks and meal times.
  • Discuss with your supervisor to see if any alternative arrangements are needed in your work space.  

University Travel

To prevent unnecessary risks, there will be no University-sponsored student or employee travel, either international or domestic, this fall unless specifically approved by senior leaders. 

Working On Campus Task Force

The Working on Campus Task Force – formerly the Return to Work Task Force - is led by Vice President and Chief of Staff Dr. Susan West and Vice President for Administration and University Counsel Dr. Jason Rogers. Its members include representatives from Information Technology, Human Resources, Health Services, Risk Management, Communications and other colleagues with distinct points of view on the work experience at Belmont. This team is focused on providing information and processes for those employees working on campus as well as those working or teaching remotely due to the impact of COVID-19.