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Please join us on May 23 as we celebrate the Class of 2021. EHS plans to hold a traditional in-person ceremony.  Please see the information listed below regarding attendance at the event. We also plan to live stream the event on the district's Youtube Channel for those who cannot be in attendance. 

The live stream will start at 1:50 PM. The official ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2 PM. 
Click to access the live stream link

April 22, 2021
For Immediate Release

Effingham High School Graduation will take place on Sunday, May 23, at 2 PM in the main gymnasium.

1. Main gym doors will open at 1:00 PM. 
2. Each graduate will be allowed four (4) guests.
3. Graduates will be given tickets for their guests during graduation practice on May 20th. 

Entry will be by a ticket or proof of a complete vaccination (immunization card and picture id). The last vaccination must have been at least 14 days prior to the event. 

The ceremony will be live streamed through the district's Youtube Channel
Every guest and student will be required to wear a mask

Please bring one with you as the school will not be able to provide masks for guests. 

Kurt Roberts 
Effingham High School



May 7, 2021

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: 375
Number of staff quarantined: 2
Number of staff isolated (+): 0
Number of total students: 2,355
Number of students quarantined: 10
Number of students isolated (+): 0

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.

March 2021

IDPH has updated their Exclusionary Guidance document. This one-page document contains the parameters that the Effingham County Health Department, local health providers and Unit #40 will follow. This document very clearly spells out the required documentation the District will need to allow students to return to school on a regular basis.

Please read through and also share with your health care provider when appropriate. Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Attached is the recently updated IDPH frequently asked questions school document regarding COVID-19 (updates in red). Unit #40 has held ongoing meetings with the Effingham County Health Department on this information. We will continue to move forward to meet the requirements from IDPH.
We thank you for your continued support and understanding in this matter. Together we will continue to persevere to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff. Thank you.

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Our Story

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. 

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. 

One-to-One Device Initiative

We are excited to announce the launch of this new program to ensure all students have access to a device.  The Technology Department created several tools to assist users through this process. They are listed below. 

Tech Help Desk: Go here for assistance with your device.
iPad & Laptop Program Manual: Download a copy of the manual.
iPad & Laptop Program Manual Overview: Watch the video for more information.
How to Setup Your New Device: Watch the video tutorial on device setup. 

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