Welcome to Effingham Community Schools!

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Annual Discipline Meeting and Athletic Handbook Review Meeting
The annual discipline meeting and athletic handbook review for Effingham Unit #40 will be held at the following times and locations:

□ South Side – Tuesday, February 22 @ 3:00 pm – Staff Lunchroom
□ EHS and EJHS ––Wednesday, February 23 @ 5:15 - EHS Office Conference Room
□ Central School–- Thursday, February 24 @ 3:15 - Library
□ Early Learning Center and East Side Pre School -– Thursday, February 24 @ 3:00 pm- Room 118 ELC
□ District Wide Discipline & Athletic Code Review Meeting –– Wednesday, March 9 @ 3:30 – Unit #40 Board Room

If you have any questions in regards to these meetings, please feel free to contact Kelsey Baker, Assistant Principal - EJHS at 217-540-1300.

COVID Update for Unit #40 Family

Note to parents and staff
Monday, January 3, 2022

I wanted to send an update regarding the start of the new year and the topic of COVID protocols. While the CDC has issued new guidance regarding isolation for positive cases, as of now, none of it applies to schools in Illinois according to the IDPH and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). We anticipate this situation to be discussed with the hope that updated guidance will be shared with all schools soon. For now, the COVID protocols remain the same in Unit #40. When additional guidance is provided by IDPH and/or ISBE, the District will implement as soon as possible.

We ask for continued patience and support as school resumes this week. We all know that COVID numbers have increased across the county and throughout Illinois. However we will work to mitigate issues at school to the best of our ability. We are committed to safely remaining in person, and keeping our activities going for kids. However, we need your help. If your child has symptoms DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL!!! If someone in your home has symptoms or has COVID, please follow the protocols and error on the side of caution.
The goal is to continue with in-person learning and avoid any shutdown. Your help and cooperation is needed at this time. Please be kind to our staff, teachers, and principals as they try to navigate common sense, unfunded mandates, the safety of students/staff, and constant IDPH changes/updates.

As we move into 2022, we are confident that we can meet the challenges that lie ahead. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Mark E. Doan
Unit #40 Supt. 

number hunt adventure

Several students at ELC recently went on a numbers hunt to help develop their math skills. Check out this video of their adventure

EJHS Renovation Project


The EJHS building has been a landmark in the Effingham Community for decades. First erected in 1939, the building housed high school students until being converted to a junior high in 1998.  

Three years ago, Effingham Unit #40 began a massive renovation project in an effort to transform the building into a state of the art learning center for our students.  Construction crews are currently in the process of putting a few final touches on their work. The district plans to host an open house for the public some time this school year. Please join us in celebrating the new updates and reminiscing about memories from days gone by.

We plan to share pictures and videos throughout the school year of the construction process as well as memories from the past. Our first preview video is scheduled to be released tonight at 6 pm and will be available by clicking here

Check out the following videos from EJHS building over the years. 

1. Groundbreaking Ceremony

Staff Spotlight

welcome Mrs. Pals
We look forward to sharing a series of short interviews over the coming weeks from our new staff members and those who have take on new roles in the district.

EHS is excited have Mrs. Pals join the team as a new science teacher.  Click here to listen to her share what she likes most about teaching. 

Keep up the great work Mrs. Pals! Thanks for all you do!

U40 Livestream

live stream
Can't be at tonight's big home game? No worries. Join the NFHS Network to watch home football, basketball, and volleyball games.  Click here to learn more about a subscription
Schedules and start times are available on the NFHS network.  Also, please check out the EHS Athletic Schedules for more information regarding the dates and times for both home and away games. 

Disclaimer: Some away games may be available for viewing. However, those games are streamed by those schools. Please check the NFHS website for more information regarding those games.  

District Dashboard

 For your convenience, we put together a District Dashboard that provides our stakeholders with the ability to view how the district uses its resources to ensure student growth is occurring.  [This site is best viewed in Chrome.]

The dashboard provides users with a unique view of how the district's learning environment and financial resources are used to ensure student success. 

Additional information, including the school report card, is available on the district's academic performance page.

In closing, we want to thank the community for its ongoing support and providing us with the ability to create an environment "where the search for excellence" occurs in classrooms across the district on a daily basis. 

Tech Services Dept
Do you need help with your laptop? Please go to the Tech Service Department page for information regarding our Help Desk and the Unit #40 One to One Device Initiative.

BinaxNow Testing
Please click here to learn more about Unit #40's BinaxNow Testing program or to sign up for an appointment. 

COVID Information
Please click here to access information regarding COVID weekly updates.

Unit #40 Calendar

Unit #40 Athletics 

athletic department schedules
Go to Unit #40 Athletics to download and print a copy of the athletic schedules.  Click here to access a digital calendar for EJHS and EHS sporting events. 

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