Grades

    Runners
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    This year I have TWO "runners" -- boys who will bolt from
    the room without any warning that they're about to do so.
    So far, about all I've been able to do is to call the
    office (I don't have an aide, and have 25 students) and
    let them know.

    One boy has some family issues. Sometimes, if his card
    was pulled, he'd go hide under the table. Other times, he
    pulls a "flat Stanley" by laying on the floor and
    refusing to go anywhere - for anyone, including our
    principal. Consulting with his mom, I put him on a
    behavior contract. That worked on Wednesday. On Thursday,
    when he realized that he wasn't earning his prize for the
    day (usually extra iPad time), he climbed over a fence
    into another playground and on top of the picnic table.
    There, he jumped up and down on the top of that and
    refused to come down for any of us. One of the yard
    duties ran to get help. A few minutes later, I watched my
    principal as she watched this kid run around the entire
    campus. He has NO respect for any sort of female
    authority. The principal finally called the mom, who
    took off work to come get him, though she made him stew
    in the office until after school was over. I just wonder
    if there's something ... not quite right ... about this
    child.

    The other child also has a family issue. There are a lot
    of children at home, and due to the death of the dad,
    only one mom to manage them. This child runs every time
    he doesn't get his way. Today it escalated a little
    further, with him attempting to knock over some tables
    and some chairs. I looked at him and told him, "don't
    even think about it," and he took off out the playground
    door. I called the office, and then the child ran around
    the playground for 5 minutes and then over into the other
    playground, where the school secretary attempted to
    corral him. I think there may be something else going on
    with him.

    Other than calling for help when this happens, I really
    don't know what else to do. Anyone?