Emergency Information

                                          Coronavirus COVID - 19 
For your convenience, Unit #40 created an "Emergency Information" page in order to consolidate all information regarding the district's response to the Coronavirus.  Information will be added to the site as it comes available. However, the site currently contains the following:  
1. Updated News: check here for information from Superintendent Doan's office.  Mr. Doan is working directly with local and state health officials along with the Illinois State Board of Education.  
2. Continued Learning Opportunities:  Teachers created a list of learning opportunities to engage students during this time frame.
3. Meal Program: Locations and pick up times for meals.\
4.  Document Archive: Important documents are stored in this area.  

Updated information from Mark Doan, Unit 40 Superintendent:



March 27, 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians,

     Information is always available on the District website at https://www.unit40.org/emergency_information. The District will continue to take guidance from the Governor’s office, IDPH, Effingham County Health Department and ISBE as we move forward. Presently the Governor’s directive is that all schools are closed through April 7, 2020.  We expect to receive additional guidance in the next few days which could change the present status.  Here are some updates:


  • Updated continued learning opportunities and activities will be posted online on Monday, March 30th.  If students/parents do not have internet access, paper packets can be picked up at the lunch sites from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • The District is planning and preparing for long-term educational needs of students.  Therefore, information at the upper levels (JH and HS) will become more content focused with structure and the ability to seek guidance/feedback from the teaching staff.  
  • EHS is focusing on dual-credit courses initially with additional information from Mr. Roberts coming early next week.
  • At this time, the District is awaiting further guidance from the Illinois Board of Education (ISBE) on how to address graduation requirements of seniors.  This is a priority for them as well. 
  • The District has sent out a survey to determine the technology needs of our families.  Your feedback is important and you can access the survey at https://forms.gle/REBa1bqCuA2oaPSS8.   
  • Reminder that lunches will continue to be provided each day school is not in session at the five pre-arranged sites:  EHS, South Side, in front of Kay’s Jewelers, Mason Christian Church and Edgewood Park District site (Edgewood School).  Nearly 200 lunches per day are being provided to families each day. Unit #40 and Blessings in a Backpack are partnering to hand out additional food at these sites as well. 


    Everyone in Unit #40 is working hard to adjust instructional methods to meet the needs of students.  I wish to thank all Unit #40 teachers, staff, and administrators for their efforts in planning continued educational learning opportunities as well as providing much needed lunches.  Please take care of yourself and your family.  Thank you. 



Mr. Mark E. Doan
Effingham Unit #40




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