POTSDAM -- Potsdam Central School Superintendent Patrick Brady said police were at the school Tuesday as part of a standard drill.
"From time to time we do practice our various safety and security drills," he said. "After the event we did send a message to parents to let them know it was just a drill."
Brady said because police participate in the events, passersby can easily misconstrue the drill for something more serious.
He said parents have been understandably more concerned about school safety since the recent shooting in Connecticut and the message was sent out to notify them that there was not a real emergency.
"Police are now part of our safety committee. They are an integral part of helping us plan for various drills. Most times when we do lock downs and drills they participate," he said.