The Brief: Memes illustrate various expectations and experiences for an unprecedented start to the 2020-2021 school year.


Throughout the United States and around the world, the school year is starting for students from pre-K to post-grad. As some schools re-open in-person and others are going partially or fully online, back to school memes for the 2020-2021 school year reflect the variety of experiences that students, teachers, parents, and staff are preparing for during a pandemic.

Back to school memes cover everything from mask mandates to Zoom classes to disinfectant procedures to the chaos of some districts’ plans to reopen. While some memes on the subject are bleak, they serve as a way for people to vent about their experiences returning to school online and IRL.

The subreddit r/teenagers features many memes from young people about their experiences starting up the new school year.

I DON’T WANT TO GO BACKKKK from teenagers

A confused Jonathan Swan meme:

Our actual back to school plan for this year when we get to go back from teenagers

As per usual, The Simpsons provided relevant material for characterizing the present moment:

Back to school from memes

Kids going back to school in September being like from TheSimpsons

You’ve heard of Zoom University, now get ready for Bitmoji classrooms.

Unsurprisingly, there’s more than one clown meme about going back to school.

Some students are trying to make the best of a bad situation…

Big mood: 

Back To School Memes 2020
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Back To School Memes 2020
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How schools would reopen if Frog TikTok was in charge…


our school system is so behind …. 🙁 #frog #school #fyp

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