ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM)- Kent Handy, the uncle of the Rochester student found dead in the Genesee River after wandering away from School 12 in March is hopeful about changes happening in the school district.
This following the district's recent attendance policy changes.
With each passing day Trevyan Rowe's family is reminded of how much they miss him.
"You try to accept it and then you know you have your breakdowns," said Handy.
It's been nearly three months since Handy's nephew walked away from School 12 and was found dead 4 days later in the Genesse River.
His death sparked outrage then it prompted changes within the Rochester City School District.
"I applaud them for that extra effort it can really make the difference between life and death," he said.
District leaders said changes include attendance training for principals and teachers and the addition of ten attendance assistants to help make personal phone calls to families who aren't reached by the robocall system if a child is absent.
"Making change later is better than never," he added.
Trevyan's mom has taken steps toward a possible lawsuit in his death. It's something Handy said he's not a part of and at the moment isn't thinking about legal action.
However, he would like to see more from the district.
"I think that kids that have special needs need special attention," said Handy.
Trevyan had autism.
Handy said taking attendance again later on in the day for students like Trevyan would make sure they are still on school grounds.
"Each kid may have a different identity about their need and I think they really need to focus on each child," he added.
He hopes school leaders continue to make adjustments to keep kids safe.
"Long after it's out of the news when it becomes old news I hope the focus is still there," he said.
A spokesperson for the Rochester City School District says its internal investigation into Trevyan's death has been discontinued so there's no interference with the on-going investigation being done by the state attorney general.