Claris ECF Records Manager helps to simplify school & library funding

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Apple spin-off Claris has launched ECF Records Manager — an app designed to help K-12 schools and libraries meet the demands of a $7 billion federal remote learning support program.

Produced by iSolutions, a Claris Premium Partner, the app handles the device, data, and document relation requirements of the Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Connectivity Fund. The FCC ECF program provides funding to schools and libraries, to help pay for tools and services related to remote learning.

As part of the requirements of the program, schools and libraries have to retain specific device or equipment data, along with information about users, usage, and services, along with records relating to funding applications and reimbursement payments. That data also has to be retained for a ten-year period.

The ECF Records Manager was made to aid in consolidating, managing, and storing the vast amount of information needed for the program.

"The new ECF Program dedicates billions to reducing the digital divide by investing in student and teacher connectivity, but stringent record-keeping requirements can be a challenge," said Claris CEO Brad Freitag. The tool is said to be custom-designed to meet the ECF requirements, while also minimizing the training and time commitments of school staff.

The ECF Records Manager is the first of the Claris Smart Pack, a collection of ready-made Claris FileMaker apps designed by premier Claris Partners for education. The apps handle a number of data-heavy administrative tasks, including attendance tracking, transportation planning, and event ticketing.

The announcement follows four months after Claris launched its Claris Connect service for Apple School Manager. More recently, it launched a new entrepreneur training program in partnership with venture capital fund EonXI.