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May 4, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

New Tools for Mental Wellness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to reflect on what each of us needs to care for our emotional wellness. Students and employees have access to a multitude of no-cost resources at UC San Diego to maintain wellness—especially important to help cope with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Upcoming Town Halls

Student Town Hall

Tuesday, May 4, at 6 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.

4-Minute Breathing Meditation with Recreation

Video made by UC San Diego Recreation about deep breathing for relaxation.
UC San Diego Recreation offers an instructional video series each weekday called "Get Up Tritons" that can be done from the comfort of your workspace. Topics range from nutrition to mindfulness and self-care. Also, all are invited to “The Playground,” a virtual space where you can find live and pre-recorded online classes and programs featuring trainer tips, stretching, dancing and more.

Your Questions Answered

Question: If I am an international student or live off campus, can I still receive CAPS counseling services?
AnswerCounseling services are available at no-cost to all registered students, regardless of location. Students who live outside of California in the U.S. can receive mental health support through a CAPS referral to a network counselor through their medical insurance provider. In addition, international students can now access counseling through My Student Support Program (MySSP) and receive live and real-time support in multiple languages, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Question: What is the latest update on UC San Diego Employee Travel?
Answer: The interim UC San Diego Travel Policy Related to the Coronavirus Outbreak has been rescinded and all UC San Diego employees are directed to follow the CDC Guidance before, during and upon return from travel. Restrictions on travel for UC San Diego employees have been removed. It is strongly recommended to continue to book official university travel through the UC San Diego travel system, Concur, in order for travelers to receive critical information about their destinations, automatically register for UC’s Traveler Insurance, protect travel funds and facilitate efficient trip reconciliation upon return. 
Question: What should I know about travel for fully vaccinated individuals?
Answer: Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently. 
Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the international destination. Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction. Fully vaccinated people must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the United States and get a COVID-19 test three to five days after returning from international travel. Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently. Learn more on the Resources for University Travelers page.
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
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