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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.  For more stories check go to U40TV.

Listen to an interview of Unit #40 Director of Buildings and Grounds Todd Thoele share how the staff is working to keep the buildings safe and clean. 

December 4, 2020

Re: First semester finals at EHS

There have been a number of harmful factors outside the control of both students and faculty which have had a significant impact on student learning. For these reasons and in the best interest of our students all EHS students will be exempt from first semester finals in the 2020-21 school year. Additional information regarding finals include:

Dual credit students will be required to take finals.

Lake Land College requirement;
Remote and on-line dual credit learners will be guided by their instructors as to the dates and nature of their final exams.

There will be no changes to the process in determining GPA and Class Rank.

At this time no decision has been made regarding second semester. If final exams are given in the spring, existing requirements to waive these exams will be re-evaluated. The goal is to have a decision regarding 2020-21 second semester final exams in January or February 2021. Please call the EHS office with questions at 540-1100.

Thank you.

Mark E.Doan
Unit #40


December 4, 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 staff quarantined: 14
Number of staff isolated (+): 8
Number of total students: 2,355
Number of students quarantined: 99
Number of students isolated (+): 12

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
Effingham Unit #40

October 29,2020

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. 

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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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