COVID Updates


January 14, 2022

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: 9
Number of staff isolated (+): 19
Number of total students: 2,315
Number of students quarantined: 77
Number of students isolated (+): 38

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

On August 9, 2021, the Effingham Unit #40 School Board approved the Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services. This plan must be flexible moving forward. Therefore, the District may add or modify mitigation measures to classrooms, school buildings, or the entire District as needed during the 2021-22 school year. The District will monitor any additional information forthcoming from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), and Effingham County Health Department (ECHD). District officials will continue to collaborate and consult with Effingham County Health Department officials on various logistics and decision-making.

In the plan there are many details that school districts across Illinois will need to follow and enforce in the 2021-22 school year. While there may be disagreement in some aspects of these details, it is our hope that we can work together to continue to provide in-person learning to all of our students.

It is certainly understood that some do not agree with all aspects of the plan or the statewide mandate for masking. However, we ask that you please allow the school district staff to operate our schools within the parameters of the plan so we can provide a conducive learning environment for students. To be permitted into Unit #40 buildings, everyone must wear a mask.

We appreciate your understanding and support. Thank you for your continued feedback. Working together, we will have a positive 2021-22 school year.

To view the Unit #40 – Plan for Safe Return 2021-2022 and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please click here.