Coping With COVID-19

Together, we are determined to persevere.

The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming in both adults and children. To assist you in coping with stress, Human Resources has compiled resources containing helpful advice and tools to guide you while working at UB. 

Family Care

We know parents are struggling to balance work and child care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. Learn more about the leave benefits and resources available. 

Leave Benefits

State Employees

Guidance for state employees has recently been released due to Federal and State law changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The newly enacted laws provide for up to two weeks of paid sick leave if an employee is unable to work or work from home for one of these qualifying reasons:

  1. The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19
  2. The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine because of COVID-19
  3. The employee is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis
  4. The employee is caring for an individual subject to either an order, as described above in (1), or self-quarantine, as described above in (2)
  5. The employee is caring for their child whose school or place of care is closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19
  6. The employee is experiencing any other condition specified by the federal government; however, the federal government has not yet identified anything in this category

However, if you and your supervisor agree that you will work your normal number of hours, but outside of your normally scheduled hours (for instance early in the morning or late at night), then you are considered able to work and leave is not necessary unless a COVID-19 qualifying reason prevents you from working that schedule.

State employees who may need to use paid sick leave due to COVID-19 or who have questions about this guidance should reach out to HR at or call (716)-645-7777 and ask to speak with a state benefits expert.

Research Foundation

The Research Foundation (RF) has shared a document containing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) for RF employeesin relation to time and attendance, benefits, communication, payroll and procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQs are designed to help answer questions and concerns that RF employees at UB may have, and address issues that come up in the immediate future. The RF also shared specific instructions for how employees who are out for reasons related to COVID-19 should charge their time. RF employees should contact UB Human Resources for questions or clarifications about any of the HR-related FAQs, or their Travel or Procurement contact person for information related to those specific areas.

NYS Paid Family Leave 

The purpose of Paid Family Leave (PFL) is to help employees with work-life balance by providing a paid leave alternative to charging paid leave accrualsfor leaves of absence to attend to family needs associated with:

  • the birth or placement of a biological, adopted, or foster child (first 12 months)
  • a family member's serious health condition (physical or psychological care)
  • a call to active duty in the U.S. armed forces (qualifying exigency)

Family Care

YMCA Buffalo Niagara Summer Camp

YMCA Buffalo Niagara Summer Camp 2020: The YMCA offers day camp locations throughout WNY.  Summer will look different this year, but the Y is committed to providing a safe and fun experience for your children

Camp Centerland – JCC Summer Camp 2020

The JCC offers day camp through Camp Centerland located in Getzville, NY. Their goal is to keep campers and staff as safe as possible, so they implemented new policies to adhere to guidelines for a safe environment

Kids Out and About

This is a consolidated list of mostly virtual summer camp offerings designed to keep your kids busy and engaged this summer

Early Childhood Research Center

Early Childhood Research Center (ECRC) is currently closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They continue to assess the situation and will contact families when they plan to reopen.

UB Child Care Center

The University at Buffalo Child Care Center, Inc. (UBCCC) consists of two child care sites located at UB’s North Campus and South Campus of the University at Buffalo (UB). The sites, which are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS), are designed to serve children of UB students, faculty, staff and the community. They are expected to reopen on 7/15/2020.

Child Care Resource Network

Call the Child Care Resource Network (CCRN) referral Line at (716) 877-6666 ext. 3064, or toll-free at 1-866-281-4739 Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You’ll be able to speak one-on-one with a Child Care Navigator who will send lists of child care providers that match your needs, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Parent Network of WNY

The Parent Network of WNY provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for professionals.

Family Justice Center (Domestic Violence)

The Family Justice Center provides free services for domestic violence victims and their children through an extensive collaboration with several partner agencies, all located at one secured, comfortable location, where victims can get all the services they need to safely escape abuse.

Family Caregiver Alliance

The Family Caregiver Alliance is a national center on caregiving that seeks to improve the quality of life for caregivers through education, services, research, and advocacy. To contact by phone: 1-800-445-8106.

Kids Activities

UB’s Early Child Research Center Facebook Page

The ECRC shares daily activities led by center staff on their Facebook page, including a daily storytime and additional activities geared to kids age 6 and under.

Online Yogis in Service Classes

Enjoy these videos of kids yoga classes structured very similarly to the format of the class Miss Lindsay led for UB's Take Your Kids to Work Day event.

Graduate School of Education Open Educational Resources

UB’s Graduate School of Education created this list of resources for parents with young children at home.

UB Sustainability Camp

UB Sustainability is offering a virtual 7-week summer camp experience. Each week, from July 13 to August 17, children will receive a new adventure to complete, keeping them active and engaged in sustainability work.

Storytime at Canalside – The Virtual Chapter

EPIC’s family Storytime Literacy program is for families focused on developing literacy skills, incorporating lessons based onuniversally accepted teaching methods into a number of themed interactive experiences. Storytime at Canalside is an offshoot of that program, where EPIC selects themes so the children are learning and experiencing special life lessons during the Storytime events.

Family Friendly Hikes in WNY

Review a family-friendly list of local hiking options.

Elder Care

Senior Services

Erie County Department of Senior Services (For people 60 and over they provide home care services, adult day care, long term living assistance, food assistance, housing/rental assistance, caregiver resource center including caregiver support groups, etc.)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Session

A 6-week educational program designed to provide caregivers with the tools they need to take care of themselves while caring for their loved one. Classes are offered once a week for six weeks, with each session lasting either 2 ½ hours or 1 ½ hours. Class dates will be added when they are added to the schedule.


Taking care of your friends and your family is important, but it should be balanced with care for yourself. Everyone can benefit from social support and even virtual classes or meetings can help maintain social connections and help alleviate feelings of isolation. 

Self-Care Resources

HR Virtual Workshops and Programs

To accommodate the many UB employees who are now working remotely, HR is offering a schedule of virtual wellness and professional development learning opportunities. All offerings are free and open to all UB employees and the community.

Mindfulness Meditation Tuesdays

As part of our HR Virtual Programs, join us every Tuesday for a 20-minute guided meditation session to restore your body, reduce your stress and calm your mind so you can perform at your best.

Self-help Resources from New York State Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

NYS EAP has compiled a list of resources and agencies to assist employees with a variety of concerns. 

American Psychological Association (APA) Self-care Resources

Learn more about the benefits of self-care and how you can apply it to your everyday life. 

UB Social Work Self-Care Starter Kit

The Self-Care Starter Kit℠ was initially developed for UB Social Work students, but it is our hope that these resources will be useful for employees. Although the information does not address all that goes into developing the skills of self-care, it does begin the journey.

SUNY Health and Wellness

SUNY has created this listing of links to health insurance, nutrition and weight loss, and other health and wellness resources that may be helpful to you.

UB Virtual REC

UB Recreation in the past has promoted wellness programming highlighting the areas of physical and social wellness. As we progress into a new century and time, UB Recreation will be facilitating and highlighting campus resources and unique UB REC activities and programs to enhance all areas of wellness for each individual on and off UB’s campuses.

UB Recreation Services Virtual Fitness Classes

UB Recreation and Intramurals Group Fitness has provided a list of mostly free resources that can be done inside with limited space and equipment.


Many employees have expressed concerns regarding their retirement. Reach out to your retirement system or financial investment provider to learn more about their COVID-19 response. 

Financial Resources and Retirement


This may be a good time to consider participating in professional development opportunities that can help clarify your career goals moving forward.

Employee Resources

Career Coaching

Using a strengths-based coaching approach, our experts will help you explore your natural areas of strength and determine ways to leverage them to enhance or further your career.

Professional Development

Capitalize on all you have to offer by refining your skills and learning new ways to approach your work.

Living Your Best UB Life

UB HR recognizes that it is difficult to achieve work-life balance. Understanding the benefits available to you as an employee can only assist you in all aspects of your life. The Benefits and Work-Life Balance department in Human Resources will present information about your leave benefits, using your accruals and other programs that may help you have a comfortable work-life balance such as mediation services, fitness and wellness classes, career coaching and lactation support.

UB Alert

This is the university’s official site for emergency planning and procedures. During an emergency, updates will be posted here.

How Concerned Are You About the Pandemic?

EAP understands that employees may need help to cope with the unique challenges presented by living and working during this pandemic. We invite you to take a moment to consider your mental well-being by taking the following brief surveys to help you better understand your feelings.

Your responses to these surveys are anonymous
, and we will not be able to associate your responses with any other information about you.