PITTSBURG COUNTY, Oklahoma - Indianola Public School students return to class Monday after schools were closed for the flu.

Superintendent Adam Newman says he decided to cancel classes Thursday and Friday after about a third of the district's staff became ill.  Half of the student body was also out sick.

He told teachers who weren't sick to use the time to sanitize their classrooms in the hopes of preventing future illnesses.

Indianola schools along with schools in Cleveland, Morris, Wyandotte and others have had to cancel classes because of the flu this season.

It's been a rough flu season for state, with at least 45 deaths and more than 1,100 hospitalizations.