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July 28, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Employee Training Requirement

Employees who return to campus, even on an intermittent basis, must complete COVID-19 prevention training, as required by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA. 
  • Employees who previously completed the COVID-19 Return to Work Training released in 2020 will receive a notification from the UC Learning Center to complete a 10-minute supplemental course, which must be done within two weeks of receiving the notification.
  • Employees who did not complete the COVID-19 Return to Work course and who are returning to on-site work should take the updated course, COVID-19 Prevention, which is now available in the UC Learning Center. 

Vaccination Exemptions and Deferrals

Details on the implementation of the University of California’s vaccination mandate are forthcoming. In the interim, please do not submit any forms. A task force is working on logistics and will share details soon on how to provide your vaccination status, how to request an exemption or deferral, the role of supervisors in the process and where to direct questions.


Faculty and staff returning to campus can take advantage of the Triton2Go program from Housing, Dining and Hospitality. Browse menus, order online using a credit/debit card or Triton Cash and participate in the innovative, environmentally friendly reusable container program. Simply follow the instructions for downloading the app, and upon checkout, select your credit/debit card or Triton Cash under payment options. 

For Returning Parents

The new director of UC San Diego’s Early Childhood Education Center, Matthew Proctor, shared some considerations for parents returning to the workplace after working remotely:
"Going back to work after being at home will be a difficult transition. But what we have learned since reopening the Early Childhood Education Center is that children are resilient. It was evident the majority of children coming back wanted to be at school, learning and playing with their teachers and friends. Having said that, there has been significant trauma through this pandemic. It is vital for parents, as they return to work, to engage their children in conversation. Talk about the positive aspects of school, about being with friends and learning from their teachers. Project positive and concrete details about what children will be doing. To help our students with re-entry, we set up meetings where parents can ask questions and children can meet the teachers and see the classroom." 

Upcoming Town Halls

Employee Vaccine Mandate Town Hall

Wednesday, Aug 11, at 1 p.m.
Join us as campus leaders share updates on the Return to Learn program and address your questions related to campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student Vaccine Mandate Town Hall | Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.

Returning to Campus: Managing Anxiety

For some, the anticipation of returning to work on campus has created anxiety for a variety of different reasons. Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) Counselor Bryan McNutt, Ph.D., LMFT, offers tips to maintain perspective and mental health resources available to help navigate the changes ahead. Watch the video.

Your Questions Answered

Question: Is testing mandatory for students and campus employees?
Answer: Students, faculty and staff coming to campus who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose of vaccine) are no longer required to test weekly. Students, faculty and staff living on campus or coming to campus who have not been fully vaccinated must continue weekly asymptomatic testing.
Symptomatic testing also remains available for students, faculty and staff. If you become symptomatic after vaccination, get tested. Our continued vigilance is important to the overall health of our campus community. Learn more about testing.
Question: What are the symptoms of COVID-19 that warrant testing?
Answer: Any of the following that are unrelated to a chronic condition: Cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Question: Who needs to conduct the daily symptom screening?
Answer: All UC San Diego staff, faculty and students who are reporting to campus or any other physical UC San Diego location for work must conduct a daily symptom and exposure screening for COVID-19 and report any symptoms.
Students and employees who are working and studying remotely in the San Diego region are also strongly encouraged to conduct the daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms and report any symptoms.
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
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