With a crazy winter so far this year, teachers have begun having a little fun waiting for the infamous call from Loudoun County Public Schools Public Information Officer Wayde Byard for school to be canceled.
Mountain View Elementary School first grade teacher Eric Chandler wrote a song about waiting for the call, based on recording artist John Mayer's popular “Waiting on the World to Change.”
The song, entitled “Waiting on a Call from Wayde,” was posted to the Friends of Wayde Byard Facebook page Jan. 20. Since then it has received almost 600 likes and 64 comments.
“My family and I were driving around and my wife is on the Friends of Wayde Byard Facebook page,” Chandler said. “She was reading some other lyrics people had put together on the page and my wife started the whole waiting on a call from Wayde thing.”
After Chandler got home, he looked up the guitar chords to the song, only taking him about five minutes to do so.
While Chandler and his wife Ursula, who is also a teacher at Mountain View, are having a little fun being off so much this winter, his duty as a teacher realizes all the school off is making it more important for students to get back in school.
“In a typical winter, an occasional snow day is like a gift, so we love to hear Wayde's voice on the telephone,” Chandler said. “But there have been so many here recently and the fact we just got back from winter break, a lot of the teachers are feeling a little stressed that 'yeah we like snow days', but at the same time we have content we need to teach our kids and SOL tests are coming whether there are snow days or not.
“Its nice to be able to be home and play in the snow with your kids, but we also feel an obligation that we need to be in school and getting the kids the information they need,” Chandler said.
The Friends of Wayde Byard Page is full of memes with Byard photoshopped onto numerous iconic pop culture photos or props.
The page has more than 6,800 likes including Byard himself.
“I am fine with all of it. As long as its in good fun and helps get people through a snowy day,” Byard said. “Of the memes I think the Dos Equis one was by far the most clever. Although some people have way too much time with photoshop.”