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We are excited to welcome our students and staff back for the 2020-21 school year. Let us know if you have any questions. The best way to stay current is to download a copy of our app.  It can be personalized to meet your family's educational needs.  Directions for download can be found in the right hand margin of this page.  Also, check out our News area below for current information from the district office. 
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We'd like to invite you to learn more about the incredible work that happens at Unit #40 on a daily basis.  These are the stories of the students, teachers, support staff and administrators that work together to make our district a special place to learn and work.  

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October 16, 2020

   The information below represents the current numbers of students/staff quarantined and/or isolated from Unit #40 schools due to COVID-19.  

Number of total staff: 365 Number of total students:  2,362

Number of staff quarantined: 0 Number of students quarantined:  24

Number of staff isolated (+):  3 Number of students isolated (+):    3

The decision on who is placed into isolation and/or quarantine and for how long are determined by the Effingham County Health Department.


Isolation:  the individual has tested positive for COVID-19

Quarantined:  the individual has been determined (by Health Dept.) to have had “close contact” with an individual with a positive COVID-19 finding.   

     All are urged to follow safety protocols to minimize the risk of COVID-19.  These include wearing a face covering, social distance (6ft. away), and washing your hands frequently.  


     Please monitor yourself and your family members for COVID-19 symptoms.  If you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms please stay home and contact your health care provider for further assistance. For further information please call the Unit #40 office at (217) 540-1500.

Thank you.

Mark E. Doan
Unit #40 Supt.

October 15, 2020

Dear Unit #40 Families and Staff:

     Unit #40 has been notified of three positive COVID-19 tests at EHS.  Due to health privacy laws (HIPAA), the identity of the individual(s) will not be released.

     The District has coordinated with the Effingham County Health Department to identify individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. This situation underscores the importance to wear a mask and practice social distancing.    

     The District will continue to consult with the Effingham County Health Department and follow their guidance.   The need for all to continue to follow safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases continues. The following will occur:

  • All Unit #40 schools will remain open and in session. 

  • A deep cleaning and disinfecting of areas that may have been impacted by potential exposure.

  • The District has supported the Health Department in identifying any staff/students who may have had prolonged close contact and placed in quarantine for 14 days. The Effingham County Health Department makes a separate notification to individuals if quarantine is needed.   

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

     The District asks everyone to monitor their health and stay at home if symptoms develop.  Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone developing symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, school/daycare, and the Effingham County Health Department.

     Unit #40 is committed to providing our students and staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families. For any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s school or Unit #40.  Thank you. 


Mark E. Doan
Unit #40 Supt


Effingham Unit #40 continues to receive updates on COVID-19 from the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and Effingham County Health Department.  There are two documents that are being posted: 


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Welcome to Effingham Unit #40.  We are excited to share the story of our students' journey towards academic excellence.  Every day, a team of dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff collaborate with one another in an effort to prepare our students for the global stage. 

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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. 

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