BRISTOL, Tenn. -

Students at Avoca Elementary had a different start to their school day this morning.

Faculty and staff of Avoca worked on emergency procedures today with help from the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department.

Principal Dr. Myra Newman tells News 5 the school is required by law to practice lockdowns, but this is the first time in six years the police have participated. "Our teachers work very hard and diligently preparing our students for these kinds of drills. That's the reason we practice them, to ensure that we are safe if something ever happens," said Newman.

Dr. Newman told News 5 that Avoca Elementary routinely has BTPD officers on campus, and that helps acclimate students to the police.