FORTH VALLEY COLLEGE has confirmed that it will "suspend" face-to-face teaching later this week, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials say the campuses will stay open and services and resources will remain available.

No confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been found at the college, but the measures are being taken pro-actively.

A spokesperson for the college said: “The health and safety of our staff and students is a top priority and we have therefore taken the decision to suspend all face-to-face teaching, effective from close of play on Friday 20 March 2020.

“Whilst there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within the college, this action is being taken as a precautionary measure to ensure the safeguarding of staff and students.

“Similar action is being taken by other colleges across the sector in order to provide a collective response, although there may be some regional variations.

“Our campuses will remain open and staff and students will be able to access services and resources.

“At present, we anticipate that these arrangements will be in place until after the Easter break but this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to review our plans.

"We have a Business Continuity Group which meets daily in order to review our current situation and any advice from the local health protection team and the Scottish Government.

“Our focus is on both ensuring the safety of our staff and students and also minimising disruption to learning and teaching.”