Are you talking about returning from outside? If so then,let the punishment fit the crime! It needs to be handled at school since that is where it is occuring. The natural consequence seems to me to be that if he has to be hunted down at recess, then he misses 5 minutes of recess the next day , or however much time seems appropriate. If you are talking about him returning to class from gym or lunch, or some other indoor activity, then reward him in some way when he does come back to class appropriately. Tell him before he goes to the activity what the expecatation is and what the reward will be. Make sure it is something that is truly rewarding to him. When he follows the rules he gets the reward and when he does not then he doesn't and maybe if it continues then he looses the privaledge of going and coming back from the activity with the class. Maybe the teacher has to go with him. He might not like that!
at 5:45 PM on Mar. 3, 2009