The emergency nature of online schooling in the Spring of 2020 meant educators were granted leniency in recording book readalouds for remote learning. Starting with the 2020-2021 school year, these requirements have changed.
Access Copyright, the organization overseeing the protection of copywritten books, music, and other works in Canada, now requires those sharing readalouds in online environments to have paid licenses through Access Copyright (the WCDSB does not have an Access Copyright licence).
You are welcome to contact the publisher of the book you wish to readaloud directly to ask if an exception can be made. However most require you to pay a fee to share readalouds online and have specific requirements for how that content is shared and stored.
Alternatives to Recorded Readalouds
The WCDSB has paid subscriptions to many online resources that offer book readalouds that can be shared in the classroom, and via D2L and Google Classroom. Visit "Green Tools" in D2L, or EZ Find on the VLC for a complete list of online resources, or ask your school's library staff for suggestions.
For detailed information about the copyright considerations for book readalouds in the classroom, live online, or recorded for online, please read this memorandum from the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association (OCSTA): Copyright Issue: Teachers Reading and Recording Books for Online Learning (must sign in with your WCDSB account to view).
The Fair Dealing Decision Tool helps teachers decide whether "fair dealing" permits classroom use of print materials, artistic works, or audiovisual materials without first getting copyright permission. The tool helps teachers determine whether a specific intended classroom use is allowed by the Fair Dealing Guidelines.
Teachers! Thinking of using a copyright-protected work? Use the Fair Dealing Decision Tool to find out if the use is allowed under fair dealing.
The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) has created the document "Fair Dealing Guidance for Canadian Libraries During the Time of COVID-19" to act as a guidance document to "provide clarity to support libraries in considering copyright as they provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Staff and students in WCDSB must follow APS017. Green Sites or “green tools/apps” are sites that are under contract and managed by the Waterloo District Catholic School Board and/or the Ministry of Education. Student information is safe and secured in the appropriate systems.
Due to the impacts of Covid, many vendors have temporarily made their usually paid digital resources available for free while students are learning from home. Many of these are considered “red apps” in that they may compromise the privacy of student information and are not approved for use in WCDSB. WCDSB staff are encouraged to use "Green Apps” for learning at home.
(accessing this document requires signing in to your WCDSB account).
For more information about approved apps, please contact Stuart Bailey, WCDSB Privacy and Information Officer.
Need a class set of a digital book for your class to read for online learning?
Please contact Shelley Wood (Shelley.Wood@wcdsb.ca) to submit a suggestion for purchase, and she will explore if it is available for purchase through Sora by OverDrive (please note, not all titles are available in digital formats).
Also consider other titles that are available in unlimited quantities in Sora by OverDrive:
Accessing Password-Protected Links from Home:
Many WCDSB digital resources are password-protected to honour Terms of Usage agreements with our vendors.
For login details to access password-protected VLC links from home, open the following document and log in with your WCDSB Google account:
Need help? Please email
If your student has books signed out from a WCDSB, overdues will be disregarded until schools have reopened.