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Welcome to the most powerful fund accounting and HR/payroll system available to education! An intuitive, comprehensive system designed from the ground up specifically for the unique needs of education. Escape is not just a collection of individual modules. This system was designed as a complete, fully integrated solution, running in an online/real-time environment. 

EXPECTING MORE FROM ESCAPE TECHNOLOGY To paraphrase a character in an old TV show, “It’s great when a plan comes together!” And that is exactly what happened with Escape’s business plan, first put together by the three founders in 1989. At that time we had a collection of individual school business departmental modules, such as purchasing, fixed assets, work orders, etc. 

During the 1990s, our plan was to create an integrated finance system, including HR and payroll, while continuing to implement individual modules as needed. Toward the end of that decade we were ready to expand to support County Office of Education functionality. But the dominance of Microsoft Windows required a change of plans. Our system was based on DOS and clearly that was not the way of the future. In 2001 we set a bold new course, a “fresh start” project, developed from the ground up as a County Office of Education system. We utilized Microsoft’s .Net development platform and SQL Server as the database. 

We partnered with our two COE customers, who had implemented our DOS system for their districts. No shortage of feedback there! We also had a number of other COEs advising us to create the “ultimate COE school business system.” We named this system Escape Online 5. In 2007, we went live at Placer COE and all their districts – the first new county-wide implementation. As of early 2015, we have 18 COEs and their districts (over 330 organizations total) live and in production. 

When you combine: 30+ years of experience writing school business software for all application areas, including feedback from thousands of users at over 330 organizations, including 18 COEs and 8 CCDs. Experience with several different Windows development environments. A consistent team of people dedicated to writing, implementing and supporting quality software. Today’s state-of-the-art development, database and reporting platforms. You have one notable project! No other company is better suited than Escape Technology to produce this truly revolutionary school business system. 
Navigation – quick and easy access to all functionality, that stays in place — always available for your next task. To make navigation consistent and intuitive, Escape Online 5 always places elements in the same place in the work space so users know where they are.

Data entry is a breeze with quick identification of changed fields, lookup windows, popup calendars, date entry logic and a host of other efficiency tools. Lookup windows display system-defined codes in an easy to use list, eliminating typos and reducing input error. Popup calendars are available for any date field, just like Microsoft Outlook.

Escape Online 5 groups related records. All the information is right there. Requisition, PO, vendor info and payments — all from one window! Complex searches are simple to enter and easy to understand, allowing users to create just-the-right list. No matter what type of record you are searching for, the “look” of the search form is consistent, making searching for various records very straightforward.
Processes are easy to perform. Escape Online 5 process forms are so simple to use. A few mouse clicks is all it takes. Extensive Workflow automation in both Finance and HR areas. Gives you the flexibility to route documents and notifications in a way that makes sense for your organization while streamlining processes.

Searching results in a list that can be sorted by any column, and every list can be viewed in our DataGrid, and even exported to Excel spreadsheets!

Real-time editing and list-based management provides you with just enough information to make a decision as to whether or not to open the record.

Crystal Reports – hundreds of standard reports, with the ability for a COE or district to exclude any of ours and/or include any of theirs. Every report has ad hoc searching and multiple output options. Reports can also dump raw data directly into Excel for pivot tables.

This list is compiled annually through our web surveys, internet research, and phone interviews with California school districts.

School Districts in California that use Escape*

Ackerman Charter School District
Adelanto Elementary
Alameda County Office of Education
Alameda Unified
Albany City Unified
Alisal Union
Alpine Union Elementary
Anderson Union High
Antelope Elementary
Antelope Valley Union High
Auburn Union Elementary
Banta Elementary
Bella Vista Elementary
Bellevue Union Elementary
Benicia Unified
Bennett Valley Union Elementary
Blochman Union Elementary
Briggs Elementary
Buellton Union Elementary
Calaveras Unified
Camptonville Elementary
Carmel Unified
Carpinteria Unified
Cascade Union Elementary
Castle Rock Union Elementary School District
Castro Valley Unified
Chico Unified
Corning Union Elementary
Corning Union High
Cottonwood Union Elementary
Cupertino Union
Del Norte County Office of Education
Del Norte County Unified
Dixon Unified
Dry Creek Joint Elementary
Dublin Unified
Durham Unified
Emery Unified
Enterprise Elementary
Escalon Unified
Escondido Union
Eureka City Schools
Eureka Union
Evergreen Elementary
Evergreen Union
Fairfield-Suisun Unified
Fall River Joint Unified
Fillmore Unified
Forestville Union Elementary
Fort Bragg Unified
Fremont Unified
Gateway Unified
Gerber Union Elementary
Golden Valley Unified
Goleta Union Elementary
Gonzales Unified
Grant Elementary
Gravenstein Union Elementary
Greenfield Union
Greenfield Union Elementary
Guadalupe Union Elementary
Happy Valley Union Elementary
Harmony Union Elementary
Healdsburg Unified
Hope Elementary
Hueneme Elementary
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary
Kelseyville Unified
King City Union
Konocti Unified
Lakeport Unified
Lammersville Joint Unified
Lassen View Union Elementary
Liberty Elementary
Lincoln Unified
Lompoc Unified
Loomis Union Elementary
Los Olivos Elementary
Lucerne Valley Unified
Manteca Unified
Manzanita Elementary
Marysville Joint Unified
Mesa Union Elementary
Middletown Unified
Modoc Joint Unified
Montecito Union Elementary
Monterey County Office of Education
Monterey Peninsula Unified
Moorpark Unified
Moreno Valley Unified
Mountain Valley Unified
Nevada City Elementary
New Haven Unified
New Jerusalem Elementary
Newark Unified
Newcastle Elementary
North Monterey County Unified
Oak Grove Elementary
Oak Grove Union Elementary
Oak Park Unified
Oak View Union Elementary
Oakdale Joint Unified
Ocean View ESD
Ojai Unified
Old Adobe Union
Orcutt Union Elementary
Oxnard Elementary
Oxnard Union High
Pacheco Union Elementary
Pacific Grove Unified
Pasadena Unified
Petaluma City Elementary
Piedmont City Unified
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary
Placer County Office of Education
Placer Hills Union Elementary
Placer Union High
Placerville Union Elementary
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary
Plumas Lake Elementary
Plumas Unified School District
Red Bluff Joint Union High
Red Bluff Union Elementary
Redding Elementary
Richland Union Elementary
Rincon Valley Union Elementary
Rio Elementary
Ripon Unified
Rocklin Academy Family of Schools
Rocklin Unified
Roseland Elementary
Roseville City Elementary
Roseville Joint Union High
Sacramento City Unified
Salinas City Elementary
Salinas Union High
San Francisco Unified
San Joaquin County Office of Education
San Leandro Unified
San Lorenzo Unified
San Ysidro Elementary
Santa Clara USD
Santa Maria-Bonita
Santa Paula USD
Santa Rita Union Elementary
Santa Rosa Elementary
Sebastopol Union Elementary
Shasta County Office of Education
Shasta Union Elementary
Shasta Union High
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified
Simi Valley Unified
Soledad Unified
Solvang Elementary
Somis Union
Sonoma County Office of Education
Sonoma Valley Unified
South Monterey County Joint Union High
Spreckels Union Elementary
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified
Tracy Joint Unified
Travis Unified
Trinity Alps Unified
Twin Hills Union Elementary
Upper Lake Union Elementary
Upper Lake Union High
Vacaville Unified
Vallejo City Unified
Ventura County Office of Education
Ventura Unified
Walnut Valley Unified
Waugh Elementary
West Covina Unified
Western Placer Unified
Wheatland Union High
Whitmore Union Elementary School District
Windsor Unified
Wright Elementary

* This is a partial list generated through our annual technology systems survey, internet searches, and other methods.

Also, districts constantly change enterprise systems in an never ending quest to find the 'best' of the best. So expect these results to change over time.

If your district currently uses this system but doesn't appear on this list, please let us know by updating your district's info on our annual systems survey:


Once you start using Escape Online, you will want it to connect with all of your other software business packages. Our customers have driven the list of technologies with which we interface. As new ideas, like Office Depot online, come to the forefront, we work closely with customers and vendors to create a seamless interface with third party technologies.

Scanning Repository Software – Automatic extract and import into repository

We have developed and implemented interfaces to the following document management systems, archiving AP and Payroll check information automatically on a nightly basis. Several customers are using the interfaces on their LIVE systems. The DocStar interface has been in production for over 5 years.

– DocStar – Questys
Substitute Management – Import files into payroll from sub-management system

We have created a task (a simple click of a button) within Escape Online for importing information for leave processing and payroll processing for the following substitute management systems. Several of our larger COE customers and some districts are using these imports for pay day processing.

– Aesop – SubFinder – Veritime
TSA Files – Automatic extract of payroll data to a file for submission

For our customers that use third party vendors to administer their retirement/benefit and/or time/attendance plans, we have created interfaces that automatically create files in the appropriate format, every pay day, for the following vendors in the plan administration segment.

– Envoy – MidAmerica
Vendor Catalog – Access items directly from vendor

We are working with Office Depot and several of our customers to develop a seamless interface to Escape Online finance requisitions, with approval routing and line item receiving built-in.

– Office Depot (in progress)
Inventory – Reads information from barcoder file

We have been supporting fixed asset inventory using the Worth Data line of products for over 15 years, in both our Escape Classic and Escape Online products.
– Worth Data Tricoder 5000


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