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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. 
Important Information Regarding the Return to Athletic Competition
EHS and EJHS schools are once again allowed to compete in athletic competitions.  Please go to the Athletic Department page to download information regarding the mitigation plans for both schools.

Also, please note the games are not open to the general public at this time. Tickets for each event are distributed to each student/athlete. Please check the mitigation plans for each sport.  They are located on the Athletic Department page.  If mitigation changes for the better, the district will modify the current mitigations plans. 
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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.
EHS Sports are now being Live Streamed via a partnership with the NFHS Sports Network. Please check here for more details and to sign up for a plan that best fits your needs. 

EJHS Sports Live Stream Available Here
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Only home games are broadcast  | Live streams start approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the contest

Thursday, April 22 vs Charleston @ 5:45
Tuesday, April 27, vs Mattoon @5:45

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Attention parents, guardians, and anyone who loves an EHS senior: The Senior Ad Recognition deadline for the 2021 yearbook has been extended to Friday, April 30. Download a copy of the form today

Reserve a space for your ad today to say how proud you are. Like the yearbook, your message will be a permanent memory. Please email yearbook@unit40.org with questions.


Clothing apparel and graduate signs for the Class of 2021 are available for purchase online.

This store will close on April 18th, at Midnight. If an item turns out to be unavailable or back-ordered, you will be notified promptly. Orders will be distributed to the students (at school) after May 5th.

*Yard signs will be distributed prior to May 5th

Because items are decorated as ordered, no refunds, exchanges or late orders will be accepted. All sales are final. Please follow sizing guides on each item.



April 16, 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: 1
Number of staff isolated (+): 0
Number of total students: 2,355
Number of students quarantined: 84
Number of students isolated (+): 4

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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